The Kennel Club position
The Kennel Club is campaigning for the overhaul of existing
dangerous dogs legislation.
The issue of dangerous dogs and protecting the public has posed
a problem for legislators for many years.
The Kennel Club believes that existing breed specific
legislation fails to protect the public and must be overhauled to
place greater responsibility on dog owners and remove the huge
welfare implications affecting dogs deemed to be of a certain
Under section 2 of the
1871 Dogs Act, a dog may be reported to the police or a
Magistrate's court for acting dangerously and/or out of control. If
the court concurs, an order can be made for the dog to be kept by
the owner under proper control, or destroyed. The Dangerous
Dogs Act 1989 extended the powers available to a court on a
complaint under this legislation, together with additional rights
of appeal and enhanced penalties.
More recently the implementation of the
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 has had a significant effect on the
welfare of some dogs by banning specific breeds:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero
This Act has led to thousands of dogs every year kept in kennels
for many years or euthanased simply because of their breed or type.
Furthermore, the Dangerous
Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997 removed the mandatory destruction
order provisions on banned breeds and re-opened the Index of
Exempted Dogs for dogs.
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