Tag: Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Dog Bites | Four children admitted to hospital each day

The NHS has revealed there have been around 8,000 children under 16 admitted to hospital with dog bite injuries in the last five years.

8,000 hospital admissions

Of the 8,000 hospital admissions for dog bite injuries, over 70% involved children under the age of nine and over 1000 took place in 2015-16 alone.

Be Dog Smart Week

As a result of the data, UK charity Dogs Trust launched their first ever Be Dog Smart Week, which took place last week (19th-25th June). The aim of the week was to teach children how to stay safe around the much loved family pet.

The charity has apparently received around 150 calls since Christmas from parents wanting to give up their family pet as their children do not know how to interact safely with dogs.

Dogs Trust offered some useful advice and tips throughout the week, as well as an easy to read infographic (see below) and workshops in schools throughout the UK.

Head of education at Dogs Trust, Hollie Sevenoaks, says:

“Be Dog Smart Week is an important initiative that will help us continue to spread fundamental dog safety advice to thousands of children and parents across the UK.

“Whether your family owns a dog or not, 33 percent of children in the UK will encounter a dog every single day. Whilst being around dogs can have so many wonderful benefits for young people, the simple fact is that any dog can bite or snap if worried, scared or hurt.

“Many of these bites are preventable, and at Dogs Trust, we believe educating children, parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, guardians, and dog owners about dog safety, is the first step to preventing such incidents.”

Compensation following a dog bite – expert advice

If you have been attacked by a dog, even where the dog did not cause physical harm, you may be entitled to compensation. More information can be found via our ‘Dog Bite Claims’ page.

Whatever your experience involving a dog bite, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today to discover how we could help you. For further information, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Pet Gazette
Image Source: Vet Times

Dangerous Dogs

The Metropolitan Police predicts that around 300 dangerous dogs will be destroyed this year as a result of operations carried out by the Status Dogs Unit (SDU). This follows a 7% rise in dangerous dog seizures in London last year – only 56 of the dogs seized were deemed suitable for rehoming. The SDU – formed in 2009 – is a specialist branch of the Met Police that deals exclusively with dangerous dogs.

Types of dangerous dog

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 introduced ‘breed specific legislation’ that bans the ownership, breeding, selling, or giving away of four types of dog:

  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino

Breaching the legislation may result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a potential prison sentence of up to six months.

Dangerous dogs – police action

There are several circumstances under which the police may take action against a suspected dangerous dog:

  • A report of a dog being encouraged to fight other dogs
  • A report of a banned breed that has not been granted exemption
  • A report of breeding, selling, abandoning, or giving away a banned breed
  • A report that a dog has been dangerously out of control (i.e. causing or threatening injury)

There are an estimated 10 million pet dogs in the UK. If you think that you may be in possession of a banned breed, you may qualify for an “exemption” if the police deem that your animal does not pose a threat. Qualifying for an exemption involves a court procedure that may impose conditions such as muzzling in public.

Dog attacks – expert advice

If you have been attacked by a dog, even where the dog did not cause physical harm, you may be entitled to compensation. Whatever your experience involving a dangerous dog attack, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today to discover how we could help you. For further information, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com

Source:

Sky News
Met Police