Bella-Rae dog attack is a stark reminder to respect all animals

 Bella-Rae Birch from Merseyside who was killed after an attack by the family pet

Bella-Rae Birch from Merseyside who was killed after an attack by the family pet - Credit: PA

There was an awful news story this week of 17-month-old Bella-Rae Birch from Merseyside who was killed by a dog.

The pet had only been bought by the little girl’s family a week ago, according to local reports, and investigations are under way in terms of whether it is or isn’t a legal breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).

My parents had a pet dog, a German shorthaired pointer, when I was younger but she was put to sleep because of an illness and since then we have had cats rather than dogs.

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