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Dangerous Dogs Act: Time for a change?

Tuesday August 9 2016

The RSPCA has hit out at the Dangerous Dogs Act The RSPCA has hit out at the Dangerous Dogs Act

DOGS are being put down based on how they look and not on the danger they pose, according to the RSPCA. 

The animal charity says the Dangerous Dogs Act has caused the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of dogs.

The Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brazileiro are banned based on their appearance.

A dog of one of these breeds can be taken away by the police or council even if it is not acting dangerously and even if there has not been a complaint against it.

Is it the breed of the dog that makes it dangerous, or the owner? Would you like to see the act changed?

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Reply Posted by alan on Tuesday August 9 2016 at 13:54
it is time to change its the people that cant look after the animals good enough its not the dogs its the people that miss treat them

Reply Posted by Darren Naylor on Tuesday August 9 2016 at 21:54
Deeds not breeds, it's a purely lazy, class motivated sanction, when this thing first reared its head and was forced on us because of the terrible case of roxanna Khan it was an ethnic culture of fighting dogs from the sub continent to settle clan war and elicit gambling that produced that dog....too hot to handle issue so we all have to suffer so as not to be branded.....too far fetched? Child abuse was covered up....this is minor by comparison....I am a long time SBT owner and do appreciate all dog breeds, but bull breeds are not for everyone and back licensing but not the mass cull or victimisation of a breed per say because it or its owners face doesn't fit.

Reply Posted by Darren Naylor on Tuesday August 9 2016 at 22:02
Obviously by sub continent I mean northern India, Pakistan and afghanistan where dogs are score settlers and dogs and bears are routinely abused for money and entertainment, facts, not racist, a long time in Bradford will remove the rose coloured scales from any left wing eyes believe me.
That clandestine sport has travelled here and is rife.....easier to ban the dogs than pursue the perpetrators and risk been branded a racist government....easy way every time...

Reply Posted by PAUL on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 10:08

Reply Posted by Gail on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 17:04
Damn right

Reply Posted by maria on Thursday August 25 2016 at 17:34
so very true paul

Reply Posted by Alice Cooper on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 11:35
All Staffordshire pit bull terriers should be put down. It's a dangerous breed that has no place in civilised society and the people who own them are chavs who don't know how to look after dogs.

Reply Posted by Chris on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 12:33
There are far more responsible owners of Staffies than your so called chavs.
Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier's are so misunderstood. They are gentle dogs and are fantastic with children.
ANY DOG can bite and become dangerous if not treated correctly.

Reply Posted by Ryan Derbyshire on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 12:46
i think you need to get your facts rights as you are talking about 2 breeds of dogs one which is uk based and one that is american based i own a staffy and she is the most loving and friendly dog u could meet and for you to state what you have stated is so judge mental and wrong in this society so i dont no about the dogs not having a place in this society its people like you who are too judge mental that shouldnt have a place in society as it isnt the dogs at all it is how they are brought up ino a few people that have staffys and they are brilliant pets and yes alot of chavs do have them and mistreat them but u carnt black list the whole breed due to a few incapable idiots

Reply Posted by Gail on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 17:06
Haven't met a staffy yet that's dangerous they are lovely dogs

Reply Posted by gail on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 17:08
what rubbish its the idiots that train them that need putting down they are a lovely breed

Reply Posted by Darren Naylor on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 20:39
Google the stats for dog bites in Britain on any given year....Mr and Mrs corduroy and the cocker spaniel or chocolate lab or pekinese and a whole lot of safe breeds best the bill breeds hands down.
The use of the word chav gives away some social climbing pseudo middle class nonces motivation for justifying his self promoting righteousness, construct a non prejudiced argument you inarticulate loser and someone may take you seriously.
whilst the red list of banned breeds was been dubbed stamped Neapolitan mastitis and the then rare bread Tibetan and French mastiffs recieved interim status with the kennel club....not class driven....hmmmm.

Reply Posted by Kym on Thursday August 11 2016 at 14:52
I have a Stafford and he's the best dog ever, put them down u say, pathetic! He's like one of the kids and cries when they cry, you should be ashamed of yourself you silly women

Reply Posted by Darren Naylor on Friday August 12 2016 at 10:18
Actually I think Alice is right and you're wrong, Kym. Every day you read in the paper about some poor kid being savaged by a dog and it's always a staffy. They are bred as fighting dogs so it's no wonder they're always attacking people.

Reply Posted by Gaz on Tuesday August 16 2016 at 00:59
Problem is they don't always look or act dangerous, its a trait passed down through the breeds they can seem like your best friend and just snap out of the blue and attack and when children play on these streets you can certainly understand people concerned

Reply Posted by Gaz on Tuesday August 16 2016 at 01:09
Buddy was a friendly caring sbt and loving family dog never once showed anger or anything, he was never abused, we never thought it million years he would ever bite someone. One second he was sat cuddling up to his owner next second he was literally hanging from his owners jugular tearing all muscle tissue around neck and shoulder.

Shows how wrong we can all be! All it takes is one attack

Reply Posted by Don't lie em on Friday November 25 2016 at 11:05
I would ban people having dogs as pets unless the person had a certificate as a sound and responsible owner. and yes, get rid of dangerous dogs, all of them. Muzzles in public statutory, and chain them up in the house when people visit properties on official business.

Dogs not controlled, for example excessive barking etc, take them off the owner.

Reply Posted by Wild Bill on Thursday December 22 2016 at 14:43
You should have to get a licence to own dogs that would weed out the idiots and irresponsible people