Dog attack abilities ‘not being used’ – BBC News

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Image caption The increased capabilities to deal with puppy assaults were introduced in 2014

Powers introduced to curb dog attempts are not being used by the authorities, a Freedom of Information request by the Victoria Derbyshire show indicates.

Some 77% of the 311 parliaments in England, Scotland and Wales that responded had not questioned any Community Protection Notices( CPN ), which requisition proprietors take steps to prevent attacks.

Hospital admissions from bird-dog attempts have risen by 21% over five years.

The Local Government Association said notices is no more than one control method.

The CPNs, also known as Dogbos, were introduced in 2014 to give police and local authorities more superpowers to challenge reckless dog owners took steps to control their animals’ behaviour and foreclose attacks before they occurred.

The tells are usually issued to deal with minor incidents, such as when a dog demonstrates how you are able to invasion. They prescribe the responsible person to stop “ve got something”, such as making the dog into children’s play-act localities, or taking any decision such as ensuring their pet is muzzled.

Injuries rising

Only 43 out of the 311 councils who responded to the Freedom of Information request have issued the orders, siding out at the least 127 in total. Twenty-seven said here prescribes is no or not applicable and two refused to issue them on the grounds of time taken. Some 87 councils did not respond.

Fewer than half of the police we contacted could country whether they had issued any CPNs. Of the 18 actions that did yield us information, only four said they had issued one.

Figures from NHS England been demonstrated that in 2011 -2 013 there were 6,317 admissions for dog burns or traumata, rising to a record high of 7, 673 in 2015 -2 016, the increased number of 21.47%.

Almost a part of these( 24%) were children.

‘I was screaming and screaming for help’

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Image caption Ellie has been left with scarring after the attack in May

Sandra McKevitt’s niece Ella, three, was mauled by five XL American bulldogs who divulged through a fence in her plot in Liverpool in May.

“One dog bit her on the leg, then one on the shoulder and you could see the blood pour, they just wouldn’t leave her alone.

“One of my neighbours rushed over and started banging and wailing to distract them and it worked.

“One dog had her by the mouth at one point and I was banging on his head. I tried to open his mouth and she fell out and they were all leap on her.

“The paramedic who came was off labour sick with stun subsequentlies.

“An air ambulance took her to infirmary and she abode seven hours of theater. She still has to go back and may need surgery on her scars. She’s having to see a psychologist and therapist.

“There “ve had my” neighbour’s pups, you are able hear them barking. He was breeding them and selling the puppies for 5,000 each. I was shocked to find out they weren’t classified as dangerous dogs.

“They were all destroyed and the puppies given to an animal kindnes. He’s in prison for 18 months. I don’t think it’s long enough.”

In the past 5 year there has been a 37% drop in both the number of cases against owners, falling from 805 to 511, and the number of members of convictions, from 593 to 374, anatomies from the Ministry of Justice show.

But our investigate met there was some disarray over whose responsibility it was to issue the prescribes.

Some parliaments, including Merseyside and Mid Suffolk, said it was down to the police, while others made in tandem with powers.

Others, like North Devon, indicates that they informed police once they were issued.

‘Awareness important’

Bill Lambert, from the Kennel Club, said it was disappointing the legislation was not being used more, as in most cases whenever little bit occurred, the dogs had been brought to the notice of the authorities concerned beforehand.

“Harsh retributions after the happen do not prevent it happening, ” he said.

“The neighbourhood dominion might find it a difficult issue to address and we want the local authorities and the police working in conjunction. It’s not been around that long yet and awareness is important. They are implement that can be used.”

The Local Government Association remarked CPNs is often issued following a written warning, and the possibility of one was an effective way of changing practice in a number of cases.

Improved community engagement, guilds seeing action in public seats – such as ensuring dogs are hindered on leadings in specific areas – and civil orders are also employed.

A spokesman suggested: “Crime and anti-social action was different from place to place and that is why councils, who know their fields good, are answering in different ways utilizing different implements and approaches.”

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs( Defra) said the Dangerous Dogs Act afforded police and local authorities influence to happened early with owneds.

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