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Dangerous dog legislation in Wales suspended

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 03, 2013

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DANGEROUS dog legislation in Wales will not be taken forward for the time being.

Planned legal changes to control dangerous dogs have been suspended by the Welsh Government.

It is because Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, wants to see new legislation which would make it unlawful for dogs to be out of control on private premises.

A draft of the Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill was unveiled last year and a consultation on it closed on March 1.

However, last month it emerged that the UK Government has its own proposals which would also end the immunity for dog owners whose dogs attack people at home in England and Wales.

Therefore, Mr Davies said that after reviewing the consultation responses he believed there could be benefits to working with the "UK Government to take forward our proposals on an England and Wales basis". He added: "We will continue to work with Defra to ensure that their proposals to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act will include provision to make it an offence for dogs to be out of control on private premises and provide protection for assistance dogs."

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  • retepseer  |  May 04 2013, 9:42AM

    I am disappointed that this legislation is going to be delayed. The fact that there are dangerous dogs in the streets of my ward is not in dispute. It is essential that these dog owners are brought to account to stop the anguish, hurt and physical injuries to people and to other pet dogs. I will continue to press for local laws to be changed to protect the responsible dog owners when they walk their pets from these vicious dogs.

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  • antyall  |  May 03 2013, 10:41AM

    Can we not bring the first part of this legislation in and then introduce the second part,no doubt the second part of dogs on private land will meet a lot of opposition,I would like to see what decision has been reached so far.

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