Yeovil woman whose dog was mauled to death welcomes Government consultation on attacks
A Yeovil woman whose dog was mauled to death by another has welcomed the news that the Government is launching a consultation on imposing tougher penalties for irresponsible dog owners.
Jane Holmes, 51, of Southway Crescent, lost her four-year-old Pomeranian, Max, when it was attacked by a terrier-type dog in June last year.
She has subsequently campaigned for a change in the law and organised a petition calling for dog owners to be held accountable if their pets attack other animals.
The petition attracted more than 1,000 signatures.
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Now the Government is seeking views from the public as to whether dog owners should be given harsher sentences when their dogs attack and cause serious or fatal injuries.
The consultation finishes on Sunday, September 1, and could help change the law.
Mrs Holmes said: “I gave a petition to our MP, David Laws, and he said he was going to take it up to Parliament.
“With the change in the law over compulsory microchipping announced earlier this year, where every owner in England will have to microchip their animal from 2016, I’d like to think I helped.”
Mrs Holmes believes attacks on other animals are indicative of irresponsible dog owners not raising their pets properly.
She said: “This consultation is a good idea. Whether it is an attack on a person or animal, it is the owner who has to be responsible.”
The latest discussion about dog attacks has also been welcomed by Royal Mail, which revealed there have been more than 5,500 attacks on postmen and women - with some leading to a permanent disabling injury - since April 2011.
Royal Mail recently held the UK’s first Dog Awareness Week to raise awareness of dog attacks on staff and to appeal to dog owners to keep animals under control when the postman calls.
Shaun Davis, from Royal Mail Group, said: “Nobody should have to endure this and our postmen and women should not be at increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.”