|Title:||Clamping Down on Dangerous Dogs: Protecting the Public and Promoting More Responsible Pet Ownership|
|Date:||Thursday 20th September 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
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|ACC Gareth Pritchard, Lead on Dangerous Dogs, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)|
|Claire Robinson, Government Relations Manager, RSPCA|
|Laura Jenkins, Head of Animal Services, Battersea Dogs and Cats|
|David Warner, Chief Executive, National Animal Welfare Trust|
|Steve Goody, Director of External Affairs, Blue Cross|
In recent years there has been a spate of high profile serious attacks by dogs on members of the family or visiting friends and family inside the home. Many of the victims in these attacks have been children, disabled and elderly people, resulting in serious injury and in some cases death.
According to Government figures, dog attacks and assaults requiring hospital admissions have increased from 2,915 in 1997-98 to 6,118 in 2010/11 – a 210% increase. The cost to the NHS treating the most serious cases was £3.3 million. Against this background, Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have released worrying figures showing attacks on the staff of Royal Mail, Parcel Force and British Telecom. Royal Mail, for example, reported 70% of attacks taking place on private premises with 313 being RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) reportable.
In response to the growing number of dog attacks, the Government recognises that the law on dangerous dogs needs to be changed and more responsible dog ownership must be promoted. In April 2012, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a consultation on a package of proposals to tackle this problem alongside other work already being carried out.
This special symposium provides a timely opportunity for local authorities, the police (including Dog Legislation Officers), dog re-homing centres and dog charities, animal welfare organisations and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest Government policy proposals to protect the public from dangerous dog attacks, and explore innovative solutions for more responsible dog ownership.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Developing the Blueprint for Tackling Irresponsible Dog Ownership
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Reducing Dog Attacks – Striking the Balance Between Preventative, Educational and Punitive Measures
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
We are known as a nation of animal lovers who take proper care of our pets. But there are a minority of irresponsible dog owners who don’t. These people allow their dogs to menace or even attack innocent members of the public. This has to stop.
We’ve all heard the stories of snarling dogs not being properly kept under control or heard from health workers, postal workers or social workers who are at risk of serious injury from out of control dogs while just doing their job, attending to people in their homes.
Today we are announcing a comprehensive package of measures that tackle the problem head on, which will better protect legitimate visitors to private property and will enable the police to take action before someone is hurt or killed. ”
— Minister of State, DEFRA, April 2012