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October 27, 2011

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Tegan

We can only hope that an appeal goes through!

I find it interesting that the UK have targeted similar breeds to Australia. I hope that we may see an appeal, too, but I am not optimistic considering new laws have recently been passed in Victoria (a state) making dogs that simply appear to be a pit bull at risk. Very concerning, and we are yet to see the full repercussions of this.

Okuhou

If this bill goes through before they get the chance to kill Lennox I wonder if it'll mean he will be set free?

kmk

Is Lennox in Northern Ireland or Ireland? I can't remember.

Karen F

Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Moving to New Zealand

nice blog...

Insurance Broker Wellington

I hope that we may see an appeal, too, but I am not optimistic considering new laws have recently been passed in Victoria (a state) making dogs that simply appear to be a pit bull at risk.

Dianne R.

Interesting. I was watching an episode of Law & Order: UK. The copper was invoking the Dangerous Dog Act to try to get some information from a chap who had a Staffie type dog, threatening to fine him and put him in jail if he didn't come up with the information he was looking for. Definitely racism by proxy.

Donna

thanks for this, Brent.

rspca victim

the ban will remain,with a few tweaks to it! the banned breeds will remain banned.those making the laws aint interested in hearing the pro-pitbull types.

Bandit Queen

We need to protect people from individual dangerous dogs, not destroy an entire breed. If this were human beings and it was a member of one race or one area, age group, sex, etc; you would not kill everyone in that group, so why do so with animals. Many of these so called dangerous animals are not dangerous at all, but because they cannot be re-housed when rescued from the terrible conditions that they were kept in, they have been as their breed is a target breed. The number of attacks has risen because owners are not being checked out, animals are kept in poor conditions, animals are being exposed to violence, owners do not train or socialize their so called pets, children are allowed to be alone with large dogs without a parent present to ensure they act correctly with the animal, and animals are released by shelters and breeders to owners without them being checked out more. The main problem is stupid owners, not dangerous dogs! It is tragic when a child is exposed to an animal and is savaged or killed, but most attacks can be prevented with the right training, education, socialisation, common sense and people finding out more about the breed that they have as a 'family pet' before taking the animal on in the first place. Follow ups to make sure that owners are taking care of the dogs and teaching children how to act around them, and the animal is not being miss treated should be made. Again, sad as it is when a child is hurt by an animal, that does not mean the entire breed is to blame; and most dogs are not dangerous.

Flex petz

I am amazed that a country could discriminate against one particular type of breed merely because of a few isolated incidents. We own a pet rental service and Pitt bulls as therapy dogs for elderly people, I have also owned a pitt bull who grew up with both my infants and have never had an incident.

Mia

Any news on this? Enquiring from Montreal... I keep hearing the UK is repealing it but am not finding that information.

Brent

Unfortunately Mia - the attempt to repeal stalled in the UK. I'm so sorry for all you all are going through in Montreal.

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