East Lancs dangerous dog owners urged to attend police ‘surgery’

Owners who think their pet may be a dangerous breed are invited to a special police ‘surgery’

Owners who think their pet may be a dangerous breed are invited to a special police ‘surgery’

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

DOG owners who think their pets may be potentially ‘dangerous’ are being encouraged to attend a police ‘surgery’.

Specialist dog handlers will be on hand to help identify the breed and decide if further action is needed.

The purpose of the event at Greenbank Station, in Blackburn, on Wednesday from noon to 8pm is to educate people about the recent changes in dog legislation and to provide help and advice to dog owners who have questions or concerns about the breed of their dog.

The move comes after a series of high profile dog attacks in East Lancashire, including the attack that led to the death of 11-month-old baby Ava-Jayne Corless in Blackburn.

Insp Mark Baines said: “We know there are dogs out there that pose a risk to the community and even to their owners.

“Any dog breed has the potential to be dangerous, especially around very small children.

“Sadly, this is evident by the number of dog bite incidents that get reported both to us and other forces on a regular basis, some with tragic consequences.

“We understand that it may be a very difficult decision for pet owners to come forward but we would urge anybody that owns a dog and has any concerns about its breed to bring it along in order to comply with the legislation.

“Even if a dog is found to be a banned breed, we can guide owners through the court process. It may still be possible for dog owners to keep their pet, subject to certain restrictions.

“Destruction of any animal will be an absolute last resort, there are ways we can help them keep their pet safely.”

Officers said they hoped that dog owners from across Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale will attend the surgery and help them to build up a picture about potentially dangerous dogs in their area.

Four types of dog are prohibited under the Dangerous Dogs Act: they are pit bull terriers, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro.

A dog owner faces up to 14 years imprisonment if a person dies as a result of a dog attack, five if somebody is injured in a dog attack and three if an assistance dog is either killed or injured.

To book an appointment for the surgery, send an email to lancashirepolice@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.

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5:47pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

Would people that know me, stop Twitter'ing and texting me..
I got 'nutted' in 1978, after my second daughter was born.
And, I think it's only for dogs...
Eye-watering kindness, you nuts!
Would people that know me, stop Twitter'ing and texting me.. I got 'nutted' in 1978, after my second daughter was born. And, I think it's only for dogs... Eye-watering kindness, you nuts! woolywords
  • Score: -6

5:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

woolywords says...

LT, stop the idiots voting, to get me 'nutted' again..
LT, stop the idiots voting, to get me 'nutted' again.. woolywords
  • Score: -5

10:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

tonyk74 says...

Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?
Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public? tonyk74
  • Score: 0

11:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

tonyk74 wrote:
Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?
Now that's just a plain stupid comment isn't it?
Clearly they are not classified as a dangerous breed. And I hardly think it was "used" against the general public. Something went badly wrong and questions need to be answered and people need to be held to account but your suggestion is just plain ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]tonyk74[/bold] wrote: Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?[/p][/quote]Now that's just a plain stupid comment isn't it? Clearly they are not classified as a dangerous breed. And I hardly think it was "used" against the general public. Something went badly wrong and questions need to be answered and people need to be held to account but your suggestion is just plain ridiculous. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 4

12:37am Wed 23 Jul 14

cutthebull says...

As much as I think this is a great thing for the police to do I personally think they need to go about it the wrong way, most of the issues aren't with responsible dog owners, it's the chavs with their status dogs hanging around estates, shops, park fields etc the police officers involved for this operation should be travelling around various estates & apprehending the chavs & compulsory checking them I just think that would yield better results as passing public may even report dogs then. Let's be realistic the only time a chav will turn up at greenbank will be because they've been arrested!
As much as I think this is a great thing for the police to do I personally think they need to go about it the wrong way, most of the issues aren't with responsible dog owners, it's the chavs with their status dogs hanging around estates, shops, park fields etc the police officers involved for this operation should be travelling around various estates & apprehending the chavs & compulsory checking them I just think that would yield better results as passing public may even report dogs then. Let's be realistic the only time a chav will turn up at greenbank will be because they've been arrested! cutthebull
  • Score: 11

1:19am Wed 23 Jul 14

VICKY P says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
tonyk74 wrote:
Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?
Now that's just a plain stupid comment isn't it?
Clearly they are not classified as a dangerous breed. And I hardly think it was "used" against the general public. Something went badly wrong and questions need to be answered and people need to be held to account but your suggestion is just plain ridiculous.
although the comment may appear "plain stupid" to you i believe the point he was making is unequivocally true. That is any dog, even a german shepard can be unpredictable/danger
ous if left unsupervised or poorly trained. There is no such thing as dangerous dog by nature, only by poor owners. And i agree with tonyk74 .
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyk74[/bold] wrote: Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?[/p][/quote]Now that's just a plain stupid comment isn't it? Clearly they are not classified as a dangerous breed. And I hardly think it was "used" against the general public. Something went badly wrong and questions need to be answered and people need to be held to account but your suggestion is just plain ridiculous.[/p][/quote]although the comment may appear "plain stupid" to you i believe the point he was making is unequivocally true. That is any dog, even a german shepard can be unpredictable/danger ous if left unsupervised or poorly trained. There is no such thing as dangerous dog by nature, only by poor owners. And i agree with tonyk74 . VICKY P
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7:55am Wed 23 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

VICKY P wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
tonyk74 wrote:
Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?
Now that's just a plain stupid comment isn't it?
Clearly they are not classified as a dangerous breed. And I hardly think it was "used" against the general public. Something went badly wrong and questions need to be answered and people need to be held to account but your suggestion is just plain ridiculous.
although the comment may appear "plain stupid" to you i believe the point he was making is unequivocally true. That is any dog, even a german shepard can be unpredictable/danger

ous if left unsupervised or poorly trained. There is no such thing as dangerous dog by nature, only by poor owners. And i agree with tonyk74 .
They don't just use them against the public at will the use of a police dog is a use of force and as such has to be justified necessary and above all proportionate. Do you suggest they use poodles instead?
[quote][p][bold]VICKY P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tonyk74[/bold] wrote: Dangerous dogs lmao what about the poor old lady who was savaged to death by a police dog??? surely German Shepard's must come under that category but it's ok for them to use them against the public?[/p][/quote]Now that's just a plain stupid comment isn't it? Clearly they are not classified as a dangerous breed. And I hardly think it was "used" against the general public. Something went badly wrong and questions need to be answered and people need to be held to account but your suggestion is just plain ridiculous.[/p][/quote]although the comment may appear "plain stupid" to you i believe the point he was making is unequivocally true. That is any dog, even a german shepard can be unpredictable/danger ous if left unsupervised or poorly trained. There is no such thing as dangerous dog by nature, only by poor owners. And i agree with tonyk74 .[/p][/quote]They don't just use them against the public at will the use of a police dog is a use of force and as such has to be justified necessary and above all proportionate. Do you suggest they use poodles instead? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -4

10:11am Wed 23 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public.

MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.
Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public. MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science. GracesDad
  • Score: -4

10:17am Wed 23 Jul 14

Casper's mum says...

I imagine most dog owners don't think their dog is dangerous, after all why would a responsible person want a dangerous dog? Those that do think their dog is dangerous probably want an aggressive dog as a status symbol anyway.
I imagine most dog owners don't think their dog is dangerous, after all why would a responsible person want a dangerous dog? Those that do think their dog is dangerous probably want an aggressive dog as a status symbol anyway. Casper's mum
  • Score: 3

10:58am Wed 23 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

GracesDad wrote:
Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public.

MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.
Couldn't agree more.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public. MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 1

11:02am Wed 23 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public.

MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.
Couldn't agree more.
Steve, I think somebody has hacked your account!!!
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public. MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more.[/p][/quote]Steve, I think somebody has hacked your account!!! GracesDad
  • Score: -1

11:34am Wed 23 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

GracesDad wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public.

MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.
Couldn't agree more.
Steve, I think somebody has hacked your account!!!
Ha ha! Nothing of the sort. I happen to think you make a very good genuine point.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Once again I will point out the simplest answer to prevent any non-police dog from ever causing injury or worse to a member of public. MAKE IT LAW THAT ANY DOG OUT IN PUBLIC HAS TO BE WEARING A MUZZLE!!! It's not rocket science.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more.[/p][/quote]Steve, I think somebody has hacked your account!!![/p][/quote]Ha ha! Nothing of the sort. I happen to think you make a very good genuine point. The Seagull has landed
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