MERSEYSIDE POLICE DANGEROUS DOG AMNESTY
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KENNEL CLUB RESPONSE TO THE MERSEYSIDE POLICE DANGEROUS DOG AMNESTY
'Excellent News! Now Let's Open Up The Register Nationally To Responsible
The Kennel Club was present at Merseyside Magistrates Court over the
last two days to hear the evidence presented by Merseyside Police
regarding the cases of alleged Pit Bull Terrier 'type' dogs seized
as part of the Police 'amnesty', which the Kennel Club has referred
to as a dog cull.
The amnesty did nothing to address the primary issues of irresponsible
dog ownership and 'dealing with the deed, not the breed' as it only
affected responsible owners and their much loved pet dogs, who have
simply for how they look.
Having sat through one and a half days of prosecution evidence and
accusation, that was expertly defended by Barrister Pam Rose, who
had been briefed by the Kennel Club and was acting on behalf of the
presiding District Judge concluded that she was aware that an uncontrolled
Pit Bull can cause harm, but was satisfied that the owners of these
dogs could not be categorised and were all responsible. She added
that the Index of Exempted Dogs will now be opened so that these dogs
can be registered,
provided that the requirements of registration are met, such as neutering,
microchipping, muzzling and the dogs kept on a lead in public.
Said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, "This is an excellent
result for the dogs and we feel fully vindicated, as, ever since Merseyside
Constabulary announced their proposals, we have been calling for the
Index to be opened. We will now be lobbying the Government to open
up the register and will continue our work on the flawed Dangerous
Dogs Act 1991 to make owners more liable for the actions of their
Caroline concluded, "So far the combined efforts of the Kennel
Club, Deed Not Breed, Fury Defence Fund and many other concerned dog
lovers has resulted in a fantastic outcome, but we must not be complacent,
battle is not over".
For further information please contact
020 7518 1008
to Member Pamela Rose - we are very proud of her...