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……