Fatal Cornwall attack activates call to reform hazardous bird-dog 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 common in Cornwall has revamped concern over legislative initiatives that campaigners say fails to protect the public from inhuman attacks.

On Sunday, police reputation 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, detectives said.

The dog, which is not believed to be a censored multiplied 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 since been released from custody while police continue investigations.

Last Thursday, a six-week-old baby abode life-threatening hurts after a hound 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 censors four spawns of dogs- the quarry officer terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro.

In October last year, MPs told ministers that preys were suffering” catastrophic hurts” with a sharp rise in reported criticizes across the UK.

The environment, nutrient and rural 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 chair of the committee, said:” Existing laws and the spawn forbidding have not stanch the rising tide of hurts and deaths from dog onslaughts. Children and adults are suffering horrific harms, 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 beings taken to hospital for dog pierces between 2005 and 2017, emerge from 4,110 to 7,461.

After the Cornwall attack the darknes environment secretary, Sue Hayman, said the act unfairly situated blamed on bird-dog multiplies rather than comprising pet proprietors responsible.

” These horrific 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 puppies are often putting in place .”

The Kennel Club said:” The majority of hound bite occurrences are a result of irresponsible actions of owneds who have either not taken the time and trouble to train their bird-dog properly or have learnt them to behave aggressively .”

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

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