In March this year, the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime released their yearly ‘Dangerous Dogs’ performance which revealed that in 2014, Enfield was the London Borough which had the highest number of dogs seized.
Local MP David Burrowes stepped up his longstanding campaign for responsible dog ownership after his dog was attacked in Arnos Park to recognise that dog-on-dog attacks are a stepping stone to human maulings and should therefore be treated as seriously as maulings on humans.
David Burrowes welcomes the new information from the Mayor’s Office as it suggests that new legislation which was introduced in May of 2014 is proving very effective. The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act was amended so that the term ‘public place’ was substituted to “any place in England or Wales (whether or not a public place)”.
David said: “The concern is the authorities are waiting for a dog to attack a human before they take action. There is also a concern that they only take it seriously if it’s an attack on a human, rather than a dog-on-dog attack.
“You have many cases where reportings don’t lead to prosecutions, and I’m concerned it’s not treated as high a priority as it should be. The focus has often been on guns and knives, but these can be used as weapons and should be treated so.”
He welcomed the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime Report, adding: “The latest statistics highlight the importance of new laws which extend criminal liability for dangerous dogs to private property. I am keen to ensure that the positive side of responsible dog ownership is also promoted.
David is due to visit three local primary schools at the beginning of the new school year to advertise the Arnos Grove Dog Show on Saturday 26th of September. He will take this opportunity to educate the children about how to behave most responsibly around dogs as members of the North London Dogs Trust Educational Team will join him to deliver a ‘Be Dog Smart’ workshop.