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Dangerous Dog Experts Gather For Kennel Club Meeting

Meeting first of its kind to discuss new strategy on dangerous dogs

The Kennel Club, the UK's largest dog welfare organisation, will lead discussions on the need for better investigation into dog bite incidents, at a meeting at its Clarges Street offices, London, W1, on Monday (26 January).

The meeting, which could influence the future of dangerous dog legislation, is the first of its kind in bringing together experts from across the veterinary and medical professions, the police, local authorities, government representatives, academics, sociologists, as well as animal welfare charities to explore ways to move forward with a strategy on dangerous dogs.

The Kennel Club has invited experts in this field, including animal behaviourist, vet and expert witness in dangerous dogs cases, Kendal Shepherd; veterinary surgeon, Danielle Greenberg; and facial reconstruction surgeon, Chris Mannion, who will present the view supported by the Kennel Club that preventative measures are needed to reduce the number of dog bite incidents that occur, beginning with proper investigation into these incidents.  Currently there is a lack of detailed data to explain why dog bite incidents occur in the first place and, as such, no thoroughly effective or evidence-based education measures are being implemented to reduce them. 

The Kennel Club believes that dangerous dog law should be updated and consolidated and replaced with preventative measures based on evidence gathered through data collected on a national level from hospitals and GPs, veterinary surgeries, police dog units, and dog wardens, amongst other sources, instead of laws based on the stereotyping of certain breeds. 

The Kennel Club will present these views at the meeting in the first step towards planning and implementing a strategy to secure government support for greater data collection, and subsequently, evidence-based education strategies.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club is firmly of the view that dangerous dog law as it stands is next to useless and has done nothing whatsoever to reduce the number of dog biting incidents across the UK.  Instead it demonises certain breeds based on stereotypes and not scientific evidence.

"There are a range of factors which contribute to dog biting incidents and each incident is specific to its circumstances, and we need accurate data to build a more reliable picture of the incidence of dog bites and their causes. 

"The issues being presented at the meeting fully tie in with the Kennel Club's A Dog's Life manifesto, which was launched to advise an incoming government on how to improve dog welfare. The Kennel Club, alongside other dog welfare organisations, is perfectly placed to offer guidance and expertise on the subject of dogs and we hope that a new government will be open to working with us, including on a new strategy for dangerous dogs."

More information on the Kennel Club's dangerous dogs campaign work can be found at

Biographies for four key speakers at the dangerous dog meeting being held by the Kennel Club:

Kendal Shepherd BVSc CCAB MRCVS
Kendal qualified from Bristol University in 1978.  With extensive experience in small animal practice, she was the first veterinary surgeon to be accredited by ASAB as a certificated clinical animal behaviourist in 2005.  She is currently heavily involved in the behavioural assessment of dogs for the Courts under both sections 1 and 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Danielle Greenberg BA Hons (Oxon.) MA BVSc MRCVS

Danielle studied Modern History at Oxford University before following her dream to become a vet. She qualified in 1998, and works in a busy small animal hospital in Liverpool.

Christopher J. Mannion FRCS(Eng.) FDSRCS(Eng.) PGC MedEd FHEA

Christopher qualified in Dentistry and then in Medicine from Guys, Kings and St Thomas' Medical school. Christopher works as a Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a subspecialty interest in trauma and facial reconstruction. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, School of Medicine, and is the Training Programme Director for training in Maxillofacial Surgery.

Bill Lambert

Bill is the Kennel Club Health & Breeder Services Manager. Bill has been involved with dogs all his life and bred his first litter in 1982. He is a Championship show judge of Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers and has officiated in a number of countries around the world. He is a former Vice Chairman of the Bull Terrier Club, and was a Committee Member from 1984 to 2007. Bill's interest in dangerous dogs began as early as the late 1970s when the American Pit Bull Terrier was first imported into the UK in large numbers and since that time he has visited breeders across the globe to gain a fuller understanding.