Danger dog law bid ‘is too late’

Lesley Davidson, dog attack victim, from Preston
Lesley Davidson, dog attack victim, from Preston
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A holidaymaker attacked by a dog as she walked along Blackpool Promenade today said proposals for tougher laws for the owners of savage dogs should have been introduced years ago.

The Government has announced proposed new laws raising the maximum sentence for the owner of a dog that kills someone from two to 14 years.

Lesley Davidson, dog attack victim, from Preston

Lesley Davidson, dog attack victim, from Preston

And the maximum sentence for the owner of a dog injuring someone will be five years.

But holidaymaker Lesley Davidson, 54, from Preston, required two operations, including a skin graft, following the attack, while her friend Shobna Akhtar, 27, was bitten on the arm trying to intervene outside the Sandcastle Waterpark in July.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s owner helped release the dog’s grip but then left the scene and has not been traced since.

Ms Davidson said: “This law change could have been done ages ago. The attacks have been happening for a long while now and nothing’s happened.

“I do think it will make owners more responsible about owing dogs that can be dangerous to keep them muzzled and on a lead in public.

“The owners should be heavily penalised if they do not register their dogs and all dogs should be micro-chipped, to enable police to identify owners quicker.

“At the moment, my injury is not considered a crime so I cannot apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

“I have lost earnings as my work does not pay me any wages and I have to have sick pay which does not pay much.”

The new penalties are set to come in to force next year.

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