Fatal Cornwall attack sparks call to reform hazardous pup constitutions

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

The death of a nine-year old boy killed by a puppy at a caravan common in Cornwall has renewed concern over legislative initiatives that activists say fails to protect the public from hateful attacks.

On Sunday, police called the dead boy as Frankie Macritchie from Plymouth. He was found 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, patrolmen said.

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

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

Last Thursday, a six-week-old baby tolerated life-threatening harms after a bird-dog attack.

The boy from Hawick in the Scottish Borders was taken to Borders general infirmary 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 quarry bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro.

In October last year, MPs alerted rectors that scapegoats were suffering” cataclysmic injuries” with a sharp rise in reported criticizes across the UK.

The environment, nutrient and rural circumstances 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 chair of the committee, said:” Existing laws and the spawn forbid has not been able to stanch the rising tide of traumata and deaths from dog criticizes. Children and adults are suffering horrific hurts, 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 revealed an 81% increase in the number of parties taken to hospital for dog bites between 2005 and 2017, emerge from 4,110 to 7,461.

After the Cornwall attack the darknes milieu secretary, Sue Hayman, said the act unfairly targeted blame on bird-dog engenders rather than harbouring baby owneds responsible.

” These horrendous 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 dogs are often put down .”

The Kennel Club said:” The majority of puppy bite happens is part of irresponsible actions of owners who have either not taken the time and trouble to study their bird-dog accurately or have taught 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 is attributable to one of the four banned breeds.

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