Fatal Cornwall attack triggers call to reform dangerous puppy constitutions

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Legislation is failing say activists after death of Frankie Macritchie, 9, in Looe

The death of a nine-year old boy killed by a hound at a caravan park in Cornwall has revitalized concern over legislation that campaigners say fails to protect the public from inhuman attacks.

On Sunday, police identified the dead boy as Frankie Macritchie from Plymouth. He are located in a caravan at Tencreek holiday park in Looe after he was attacked on Saturday by a “bulldog-type breed”, police said.

He was alone with the animal in the caravan while his family were in an adjacent unit, officers said.

The dog, which is not believed to be a censored spawned under the UK’s Dangerous Dogs Act, has since been transferred to kennels in Cornwall.

A 28 -year-old woman was arrested on idea of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control but has all along been been secreted from detention while police continue investigations.

Last Thursday, a six-week-old baby accepted life-threatening traumata after a dog attack.

The boy from Hawick in the Scottish Borders was taken to Borders general hospital and was later transferred by air ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

He remains in critical condition, and his aunt has taken the dog to the vet to be put down.

MPs have raised serious concerns over the Dangerous Dogs Act, which they say fails to protect children and adults. The legislation was introduced in 1991 and proscriptions four raises of dogs- the pit cop terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro.

In October last year, MPs told diplomats that martyrs were suffering” cataclysmic hurts” with a sharp rise in reported attempts across the UK.

The environment, nutrient and urban liaisons select committee called for a full-scale review into dog laws amid concerns the legislation failed to protect the public, and said breed-specific legislation was misguided.

Tory MP Neil Parish, the chairperson of the committee, said:” Existing laws and the raise prohibit has not been able to stanch the rising tide of traumata and deaths from dog onrushes. Children and adults are suffering horrific traumata, many of them avoidable. This is unacceptable.

” The world must be properly protected, and we are therefore calling for a full-scale review of existing dog control strategies .”

Data from the NHS has disclosed an 81% increase in the number of people taken to hospital for pup gnaws between 2005 and 2017, rising from 4,110 to 7,461.

After the Cornwall attack the shadow context secretary, Sue Hayman, said the act unfairly placed accuse on hound produces rather than supporting pet proprietors responsible.

” These nasty occurrence have to be a wake-up call to the government ,” she said.” The Dangerous Dogs Act, with its narrow focus on breed, is not stopping attacks- while healthy, well-behaved bird-dogs are often putting in place .”

The Kennel Club said:” The majority of puppy bite incidents are a result of irresponsible any act of owners “whos been” either not taken the time and trouble to study their bird-dog correctly or have developed them to behave aggressively .”

A freedom of information request by the Sunday Times found that less than a third of bird-dogs involved in attacks over the past 15 months belonged to one of the four banned breeds.

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