Liverpool Council is being urged to press for additional laws amid a rise in assaults by harmful dogs.
From February subsequent 12 months, it’ll turn out to be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully after the federal government added the breed to the listing of dogs banned below the Dangerous Dogs Act. As of December 31, it will likely be unlawful to breed, promote, promote, trade, present, rehome, abandon or permit XL bully dogs to stray in England and Wales.
Following recent assaults involving XL Bully dogs and different breeds, the city council has been urged in a brand new movement to name for additional motion to enhance welfare and accountable possession.
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Cllr Peter Norris has laid down a movement, to be debated by all members once they meet at Liverpool Town Hall subsequent week, calling on the council to assist “concerns raised at the increasing number of dog attacks and is alarmed that 15 people have been killed because of a dog attack since the start of 2022 and more have been seriously injured.” Merseyside has recorded numerous assaults involving harmful dogs however homeowners in a protest earlier this 12 months stated they have been “distraught” on the ban.
Cllr Norris’s movement stated: “This council fully supports the promotion of responsible dog ownership and the prevention of all attacks and intimidation, including using education, information and enforcement action. Council further notes that in November 2022, Liverpool City Council issued Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) for eight cemeteries, two public parks or open spaces and 62 children’s play areas or football pitches.”
Anyone wishing to maintain their XL bully should apply for an exemption or they’ll select to have their canine euthanised and apply for compensation. Applications opened earlier this week for homeowners to register their dogs earlier than the breed is made unlawful formally subsequent 12 months.
The movement, to be heard subsequent week, branded the Dangerous Dogs Act “woefully ineffective” and an method based mostly on breed particular laws had failed. Cllr Norris’ doc hoped the council would promote safety of dogs’ well being, making certain they’re below management, “not a threat or nuisance” and “respectful dog owners so communities welcome them and their dog.”
The Festival Gardens member additionally known as on Liverpool Council to proceed its work with Merseyside Police in growing accountable possession initiatives together with “the dog behaviour contract.” It added a last name to interact with the town’s parliamentarians.
It stated: “The council further resolves to write to all Liverpool MPs asking that they note this motion and for them to call on the Government to introduce new legislation covering all aspects of the control of dangerous dogs to protect the public, promote responsible dog ownership, and improve animal welfare.”
The movement will likely be heard at Liverpool Town Hall when the complete council meets on Wednesday November 22.