DOGS ACT, DEFRA QUESTIONNAIRE - IMPORTANT
with grave concern and URGENCY that we felt it crucial to contact you and
ask you to spread the word.
aware of the Dog Control Bill that is currently on its second reading in
the House of Lords and the effect it will have on all our dogs?
this Bill is aimed at status, illegal and dangerous dogs but it actually
affects every dog in the country.
intended to replace the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) and other legislation but
actually extends the power of the law into your home and gardens.
taken legal opinion it is imperative that you visit the Defra website and
complete their online questionnaire which addresses a number of dog issues
as well as this Bill.
want to read the proposed Bill go to
Bill stands there would be a far greater chance of your dog committing an
offence that would be subject to the law, seizure and possible destruction.
Any act of aggression by your dog towards another animal or person can be
deemed a reportable offence with potentially fatal consequences.
How is your dog to know the difference between a trespasser and a burglar?
If your dog chases a cat that could be deemed an offence
Should your dog react to a child entering your garden to retrieve a lost
ball is that an offence?
Bill would remove your right to a trial by jury in a dog biting case, as
it would seem that such offences could only be tried in the Magistrates'
Court. Also, if you wanted to appeal against a Dog Control Notice, then
there would be no form of Legal Aid available to do so.
those responsible for the most serious dog biting incidents would only face
a reduced maximum fine of £5000 instead of the current unlimited fine
and a maximum of 6 month jail as opposed to the current 2 years. Although
the Bill refers to a maximum 51-week sentence Magistrates are currently
only able to impose a maximum 6 month sentence.
great that this Bill would rescind breed specific legislation.
the worst case scenario would be that during the committee stages this is
reintroduced and so leaving us with both BSL as well as the increased powers
permitted by the Bill. DEFRA is currently consulting on dangerous dog related
matters. Whilst not specifically looking at this particular Bill, DEFRA
does ask for opinions on the law on breed specific legislation, dangerous
dogs cases, Dog Control Notices as well as microchipping and insurance matters.
It is vital that as many of us as possible make DEFRA aware our views on
these matters, especially as this Bill is already before the House of Lords.
WHO WILL ENFORCE THIS BILL?
likelihood a local authority employee who may have had a few days training
PLEASE PLEASE YOU ONLY HAVE UNTIL 1ST JUNE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
is conducting a consultation on this Bill and other dog related matters.
It is vital that as many of us as possible make Defra aware how seriously
this Bill could affect us, the responsible dog owners.
involved and forward this to as many people as possible.
email originates from the SCSBTS Dog Control Bill sub-committee.
completing the Defra questionnaire be aware that when you reach the end
and press "DONE" it will close so make sure you have said all
you want before pressing "DONE".
is no "print" option so if you want a record of what you have
said try to "screen print" as you go.
Taken from the Norfolk Pet Rehoming site, with thanks.