Update – September 2023
Update – July 2023
Following a recent meeting with residents, councillors and the police to discuss recent dog attacks, I wrote to the Minister responsible for this policy area to ask what the Government were doing about the rise in attacks.
I have received a response informing me that there are no plans to add other types of dogs to the list of prohibited dogs in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and the approach is to focus on the controls and measures that apply to all types of dogs. These include it being an offence to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in any place, measures that a complaint can be made to a Magistrates’ court where a dog is ‘dangerous and not kept under proper control’ and community protection notices to enable the police and local authorities to tackle irresponsible dog ownership.
I am also told that there are plans to increase dog safety messaging to promote safe interactions with children and dogs.
I remain very concerned about dog attacks in Doncaster North and will continue to monitor this issue closely and press for action.