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Welsh Government seeks views on draft dog control law

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THE Welsh Government is seeking views on its proposals for a Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill, which will aim to promote responsible dog ownership and help prevent dogs from becoming dangerously out of control.

Launching the draft Bill and associated consultation on November 23, John Griffiths, the Welsh environment minister, said the Welsh Government was determined to do more to protect communities from out-of-control dogs. ‘While the majority of dogs are kept under control and do not represent a risk to the public, dog attacks are on the increase, and children and animals, including guide dogs, are often the victims,’ he said.

‘Our proposals focus on early intervention when a dog is out of control and involve close working with dog owners to improve their dog's behaviour. We believe that by using legislation we can make a significant difference to the incidents of dog attacks in Wales.’

The Welsh Government believes that current animal welfare controls under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 are not sufficient to deal effectively with the promotion of responsible dog …

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