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12 December 2011 / personal-injury-news
National Accident Helpline agrees with government minister on the need to improve dog owner responsibility National Accident Helpline has responded to comments made in parliament by the minister for agriculture, agreeing that dog owners should take more responsibility for the actions of their dogs. According to the Daily Telegraph, Jim Paice told MPs that, following a series of high profile dog attacks, ministers were considering reforms to the law which would enforce dog owners to control potentially dangerous animals.
Beth Powell, Consumer Director at National Accident Helpline, agrees that dog owners need to be more responsible for the upbringing of their dogs. She said: “At National Accident Helpline, we provide access to justice for dog attack victims and have been doing so for 18 years, so we fully understand the danger posed by poorly trained animals. “While the majority of dog owners act responsibly, there are a minority who train their dogs to behave aggressively, and this can lead to nasty injuries, as well as causing a bad reputation for dog breeds which are not naturally harmful.”
A Defra spokesman said of the reforms: “We are working hard to reduce the problems of irresponsible dog ownership which will make our homes, streets and public spaces safer. “There’s no easy solution. We will be announcing new measures early in the new year that will better protect the public, allow the police and councils to better enforce the law and ensure dog owners take responsibility for their animals.”
National Accident Helpline provides access to justice for personal injury victims, including dog attack victims, helping them make compensation claims for their injuries on a no win no fee basis. If you are a victim of a dog attack, it’s advised that you report the incident to the police immediately in order to notify them of a potentially dangerous dog. By notifying the police, they are able to put the appropriate safety measures in place, removing further risk to the public.
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