Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the research his Department has commissioned in collaboration with Middlesex University will assess the effectiveness of Section 1 of (a) the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and (b) breed specific legislation.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Government response to the recent EFRA Committee report on dangerous dogs gives details of what the research project will consider which includes: a) The effectiveness of current dog control measures including the use of the powers provided to police and local authorities in 2014; b) Identifying and examining the risk factors and situations that may cause dog attacks, including whether any particular types of situation or domestic setting influence dog aggression and dog attacks and also how the risk factors relate to characteristics of the dog; how behavioural problems among dogs might best be addressed; and how policy might need to develop to deal with dog behavioural problems and c) How to promote responsible dog ownership and, in particular, to identify the additional help and information needed for dog owners who have experienced dog control issues or who are vulnerable to these (this includes evaluation of risk factors) to improve their responsible dog ownership. The research will not look specifically at issues relating section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the prohibition on certain types of dog traditionally bred for fighting.

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