Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse launches dangerous dogs petition

Regular readers (you both know who you are) will be aware that I have from time to time been somewhat flippant about Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM, Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (aka the Dog-Catcher-in -Chief). 

However, I am with him – and on occasions ahead of him – in the belief that more needs to be done about the growing problem of dangerous  bred/trained-for-attack dogs in London.  I therefore support the initiative that he is taking today petitioning the Government to take action to resolve the problem.

The GLA is calling for:

  • an increase in the penalty for owning a banned breed, to bring it more inline with carrying an offensive weapon
  • the extension of the law to include private land, particularly to protect people who have to visit other peoples homes as part of the work
  • changes to the part of the law that allows well behaved banned breeds to remain with their owners, so that the process is much quicker, making it better for the dog and saving the police money.

Last time I asked there was little sign that the Coalition Government was planning to move on any of these points.  However, Kit Malthouse has (or at least he would like us to believe that he has) the ear of the Coalition Government.  No doubt, therefore, this initiative will  produce speedy action.  We’ll be waiting……

9 thoughts on “Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse launches dangerous dogs petition”

  1. The breed specific dangerous dogs act needs to have the list of banned breeds widened, by adding other lethal breeds such as, the Rockweiller, Bull Mastiff, Doberman and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. All of these devil dogs are too dangerous to be off the lead in public. You have to question what kind of person would want a “banned breed” anyways. If they dont care about breaking the law or inflicting danger on the general public, maybe they will take more notice of losing their tenancy agreement or being prosecuted. Hundreds of people have to front huge vet bills, when their family pets get injured by these thugs with weapons off leads. The laws need to protect pets as well as the public.
    Breed specific laws have been very successful in many parts of the USA, Canada and Europe. The UK better wake up as the dangerous dog problem is costing the government millions and also recently has been affecting tourist who have seen pit bulls terrorizing every park in London. This present government dsoesnt seem very interested in human rights. The police have to protect the public under the human rights act and they are failing to do so.

  2. I would also like to add that “NO”, “so called well behaved, banned breed, should be returned to their owner”, as most of them go onto attack again.
    It would be like returning an illegal weapon back to its owner.
    It doesnt make sense returning banned breeds back into society.
    The owners have broken the law and therefore should be prosecuted.
    Saving the police money, isnt even a consideration, if its going to jeopardizing public safety.

  3. I would also like to add that “NO”, “so called well behaved, banned breed, should be returned to their owner”, as most of them go onto attack again.
    It would be like returning an illegal weapon back to its owner.
    It doesnt make sense returning banned breeds back into society.
    The owners have broken the law and therefore should be prosecuted.
    Saving the police money, isnt even a consideration, if its going to jeopardize public safety.

  4. I am very concerned about this issue, both in my area and more generally. I am currently thinking of getting a dog from a rescue centre, and so have been looking online at the dogs that are available. Some 70% of the dogs appear to be dogs that would be considered dangerous, even if they are not on the list – mainly staffies and varieties of pit bulls/cross breeds. This to me says that not only are people keeping these dogs, but they are also breeding them, mistreating them and getting rid of them in increasing rates. This issue needs dealing wth urgently an I would urge both sides to come together to clamp down not just on owners but breeders too.

  5. I agree with the person above. Breeders are a huge part of the problem.
    I have a question? Has anyone ever seen a retired Pit Bull or Staffie?
    I never have. All you see is pups and 1 year olds. Most Bully breeds end up in crowded rescue centres or killed through dog fighting by the mere age of 2.
    The police need to raid illegal dog fighting, which usually takes place in empty garages, abandon warehouses, council flats, elevators on dingy estates, even in Burgess park late at night. Brixton and Peckham are notorious for organized dog fighting, which funds drug rings, prostitution and arms….the general public could easily come under the cross firer by being on the wrong side of the street at the wrong time.

  6. I agree that something drastic needs to be done about dangerous dogs in britian, but this is just not the answer. Has anyone not learnt anything from the last 20yrs, because it seems that breed specific legeslation has only done harm to everyone, as it seems more irisponsible people are owning pit bulls becuase of the stigma thats attached to them. banning more breeds will only rip loving well behaved dogs from their wonderful homes and cause more heart break. we need to stop looking at the dog as the problem and start focusing on the owners. it is far to easy to own and breed a dog in britian and this should change. I have grown up with staffys and currently own a 11yr old rescued staffy X rotty and i will tell you why people want to own a “dangerous dog” its the same reason anyone would want to own a specific breed of dog, its because they suite my lifestyle, are the right size for my home and have the same energy requirements to suite me. they have rock solid temprements if breed and raised correctly as they are only one of 2 dogs that are listed on the kennel club as being good with children. i also have rescued a small jack russel, my staffy has been showing him the ways of the world as the jack didnt have a good start in life and he is very much better off for spending time with my staffy, the jack is the one you have to watch out for with other dogs as he has aggresive tendences, the shear amount of people that have laughed ar smiled at him when he is being aggressive to thier own dog is unbelievable, now he has the ability to cause significant damage to their dog but they arent up in arms trying to ban every jack russel in britain so why should we ban wonderful dogs that have never caused any harm to anyone. half of the dogs that are siezed under bsl have never shown any aggresive tendencys in thier life. Rainbow Gibbons i bet you have never bothered to give the time of day to one of the so called dangerous dogs, to learn what they are realy like as loving loyal family pets. i think its sad when the media has the power to murder hundreds of loving animals and influence the opinion of so many people.

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