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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
South Norwich MP Simon Wright met with police chiefs, politicians and the RSPCA yesterday to try and tackle the rising problem of dangerous dogs.
Dog bites reported at A&E departments across the country have gone up by 94pc in the last 10 years and reached 6,097 in the year to the end of March 2011.
At Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital there were 191 people treated for dog bites in 2011 – up from 171 in 2010 and 167 in 2009.
Mr Wright, pictured, said dogs were being used as status symbols in some areas of Norwich and being allowed to roam without a lead in an attempt to intimidate other pet owners.
“I have long been concerned about the series of incidents we have had in parts of Norwich and my concerns are supported by the continued increase in admissions to the N&N.
“There has been a number of attacks both on pets and people.”
In September the Evening News reported on a spate of dog attacks in the city. An Old Catton woman needed 47 stitches in her arm after an attack by a neighbour’s rottweiler-cross dog. And a nine-year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his right arm and underwent a two-hour operation after being attacked by a dog.
Mr Wright, who is calling for reforms to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act which covers attacks by uncontrolled pets, said police should be allowed to intervene earlier if a dog had a history of acting dangerously.
Following complaints by constituents about dog attacks, he said better education was also needed for pet-owners on how to act responsibly to halt the rise.
“It is not so much dangerous dogs as irresponsible ownership.
“A dog of any breed is potentially dangerous in the wrong hands.
“We need reform of the law. I am confident we will see solid proposals made before too long.”
In the NHS Norfolk area, which does not include Great Yarmouth, there were 84 cases in 2009-10 of people being seriously injured by dogs and needing to stay in hospital.
Have you or your pet been the victim of a dog attack? Call reporter Tom Bristow on 01603772313 or email email@example.com