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      MikeMike commented  · 

      People who wish to enjoy the countryside without fear of being intimidated, molested or attacked by powerful dogs, that the owners cannot be bothered to control, should be able to do so. Where I live there are many people who would like to enjoy the countryside but are afraid to do so for fear of attack by uncontrolled dogs. Simple legislation such as found in most European countries requiring dogs to be controlled on short leads when meeting people in public places would make a significant difference.

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        MikeMike commented  · 

        The law regarding the control of dogs in public places is certainly much more sensible in Germany, France, Spain and Holland. Also, in stark contrast to this country it is actually enforced!
        In Germany dog owners are fined 5000 euros if they have their dog off the lead in built up spaces and when meeting people in open spaces. Such a law would help to persuade the large numbers of inconsiderate dog owners to behave as well as the considerate ones. The terrible mauling that the six year old received in Chingford yesterday, the huge numbers of terrible injuries caused by attacks by uncontrolled dogs in public places that cost the NHS and police so much money each year and millions of unpleasant incidents could be prevented by such a law. Not only could our public services redirect the money to other worthy causes but more considerate behaviour by dog owners would encourage better attitudes to dog owners. Unfortunately the appalling behaviour of large numbers of inconsiderate dog owners tarnishes the reputation of the dog owners who do keep their dogs on leads and prevent their dogs being a nuisance in public space.

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        German law requiring dogs to be kept on a short lead at all times in built up areas and to be put on a short lead when approaching people in any public space is in line with similar legislation in most European countries except Britain. This law gives protection to people without dogs who are not protected from attack, molestation and general nuisance by dogs. Our law is completely ineffective at protecting people. On the very rare occasions that the owners of dogs that attack and seriously harm people are prosecuted the owners are never held responsible for the costs to the NHS or Police services and the victims are not compensated for their costs or the pain and suffering inflicted. If we had similar legislation to the rest of Europe it would encourage irresponsible dog owners to control their dogs in public and the dog attacks would be prevented. This would be great for everyone and allow public money to be spent on other things. In Germany dogs are not allowed in libraries or shops for sensible reasons.

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            If we made footpaths & cyclepaths safer by introducing sensible dog control legislation as is found in the rest of Europe more people would use them and agree with your excellent suggestion.We urgently need proper dog control legislation in this country in line with the rest of Europe. This would save our public services a lot of money. More than 6 thousand people are treated in hospital for serious injuries caused by attacks by dogs whose owners cannot be bothered to control when meeting other people in public spaces. If dog owners were required to put their dogs on a short lead when meeting others in public places as is required in most of Europe this would prevent virtually all of these which would save our public services considerable money and help all those who are frightened of dogs from the constant nuisance and fear that they feel when meeting dogs in public places. Medical staff in A&E departments, GPs and shadow DEFRA MP Mary Creagh say this is a growing problem (dog attacks requiring medical treatment are increasing by about 5% each year!).

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                MikeMike commented  · 

                I wish that this were so! Where I live dogs and people have to share smaller & smaller spaces which is one reason for the increase in attacks by dogs in these places.We urgently need proper dog control legislation in this country in line with the rest of Europe. This would save our public services a lot of money. More than 6 thousand people are treated in hospital for serious injuries caused by attacks by dogs whose owners cannot be bothered to control when meeting other people in public spaces. If dog owners were required to put their dogs on a short lead when meeting others in public places as is required in most of Europe this would prevent virtually all of these which would save our public services considerable money and help all those who are frightened of dogs from the constant nuisance and fear that they feel when meeting dogs in public places. Medical staff in A&E departments, GPs and shadow DEFRA MP Mary Creagh say this is a growing problem (dog attacks requiring medical treatment are increasing by about 5% each year!).

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                  MikeMike commented  · 

                  Many people are frightened to use footpaths & cycle paths for fear of attack by dogs.We urgently need proper dog control legislation in this country in line with the rest of Europe. This would save our public services a lot of money. More than 6 thousand people are treated in hospital for serious injuries caused by attacks by dogs whose owners cannot be bothered to control when meeting other people in public spaces. If dog owners were required to put their dogs on a short lead when meeting others in public places as is required in most of Europe this would prevent virtually all of these which would save our public services considerable money and help all those who are frightened of dogs from the constant nuisance and fear that they feel when meeting dogs in public places. Medical staff in A&E departments, GPs and shadow DEFRA MP Mary Creagh say this is a growing problem (dog attacks requiring medical treatment are increasing by about 5% each year!).

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                    MikeMike commented  · 

                    We urgently need proper dog control legislation in this country in line with the rest of Europe. This would save our public services a lot of money. More than 6 thousand people are treated in hospital for serious injuries caused by attacks by dogs whose owners cannot be bothered to control when meeting other people in public spaces. If dog owners were required to put their dogs on a short lead when meeting others in public places as is required in most of Europe this would prevent virtually all of these which would save our public services considerable money and help all those who are frightened of dogs from the constant nuisance and fear that they feel when meeting dogs in public places. Medical staff in A&E departments, GPs and shadow DEFRA MP Mary Creagh say this is a growing problem (dog attacks requiring medical treatment are increasing by about 5% each year!).

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                      MikeMike commented  · 

                      We urgently need proper dog control legislation in this country in line with the rest of Europe. This would save our public services a lot of money. More than 6 thousand people are treated in hospital for serious injuries caused by attacks by dogs whose owners cannot be bothered to control when meeting other people in public spaces. If dog owners were required to put their dogs on a short lead when meeting others in public places as is required in most of Europe this would prevent virtually all of these which would save our public services considerable money and help all those who are frightened of dogs from the constant nuisance and fear that they feel when meeting dogs in public places. Medical staff in A&E departments, GPs and shadow DEFRA MP Mary Creagh say this is a growing problem (dog attacks requiring medical treatment are increasing by about 5% each year!).

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                        MikeMike commented  · 

                        We need better dog control legislation. We need to make irresponsible owners responsible by making dog owners pay for the NHS, Police and other public services they necessitate and to pay for adequate compensation for victims of dog attacks. If we had sensible legislation requiring dogs to be kept on a short lead when meeting people in public places as is the case in the rest of Europe we could prevent the thousands of attacks by dogs requiring medical and police attention each year. This would also enable all the people who would like to use our footpaths and cycle paths without the fear of attack, molestation or nuisance to do so. We need to encourage the irresponsible and inconsiderate dog owners who allow their dogs to upset others to take a little effort and control their dogs properly when meeting others. It is especially important to make this effort for the people who have been the victims of dog attacks so that they can feel safe and can enjoy public spaces too!

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