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Dog Control Bill (HL) 2010-2011

Sue GilmoreDog Control Bill – Third Reading (House of Lords)

A positive outcome to this debate – the Bill was passed and sent to the Commons – was tempered by Lord Taylor of Holbeach (Con) when he stated categorically: “the Government cannot support this Bill”. Since the change in Government it would appear that Lord Taylor intends to continue the work on this Bill done by Lord Henley in formulating a comprehensive package of measures. Lord Taylor will attend meetings with key stakeholders and hopes to announce this package in the near future.

Lord Redesdale (Lib Dem), who introduced the Bill, was grateful for the commitment of interest groups, including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home who have to deal with the problem of dangerous dogs and the consequences of irresponsible ownership of dogs.

From my perspective, it would appear that although progress is slow, the Bill is still alive and we can now await the outcome of the debate in the Commons; I understand this to be in the new year. It would seem that a safer environment for the public and those working with dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners is still some way away.

The above is a synopsis of the debate in the House of Lords on 26 October 2011 and reflections are those solely of Sue Gilmore, Political Adviser to PETbc.

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