Fatal Cornwall attack triggers call to reform dangerous hound principles

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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 bird-dog at a caravan ballpark in Cornwall has refurbished concern over legislative initiatives that activists say fails to protect the public from inhuman attacks.

On Sunday, police named 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, men 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 mistrust of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control but has since been exhausted from detention while police continue investigations.

Last Thursday, a six-week-old baby lost life-threatening hurts after a pup 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 adopted in 1991 and forbiddings four raises of bird-dogs- the crater polouse terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro.

In October last year, MPs forewarned pastors that casualties were suffering” disastrous injuries” with a sharp rise in reported attacks across the UK.

The environment, meat and urban 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 breed restriction have not stemmed the rising tide of traumata and deaths from dog onslaughts. Children and adults are suffering horrific injuries, many of them avoidable. This is unacceptable.

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

Data from the NHS has divulged an 81% increase in the number of people sent to hospital for bird-dog burns between 2005 and 2017, rising from 4,110 to 7,461.

After the Cornwall attack the darknes medium secretary, Sue Hayman, said the act unfairly residence accuse on bird-dog makes rather than viewing pet owners responsible.

” These horrendous happen 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 putting in place .”

The Kennel Club said:” The majority of puppy bite happens are a result of irresponsible actions of proprietors “whos been” either not taken the time and trouble to teach their bird-dog correctly or have qualified them to behave aggressively .”

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

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