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Dangerous dogs are a continuing menace!
One has to feel for farmer Peter Withecombe. The Western Morning News has reported this week on yet another attack on his sheep by stray dogs. According to WMN, this poor farmer has lost 60 sheep and lambs over the last 5 years and loses around £3k worth of livestock a year and these dog attacks are frequent – around 2 or 3 a week. The Government has just considered a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on dog control and has rejected proposals to consolidate dog control/welfare legislation as unnecessary (not all would agree with that). However it has promised to issue guidelines on its application which I hope will clarify the law. The good news is that the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is to be amended to state explicitly that an attack on an assistance dog is an offence. What about attacks on ridden horses?
See previous Lawhorse blogs on dangerous dogs.