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Dog Welfare
Need for welfare-related research on seized dogs

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WE write with concern over the lack of research regarding the management and welfare assessment of seized dogs in kennels under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The majority of reports relating to dangerous dogs either attempt to review or note the flaws associated with the law (Collier 2006), the occurrence of dog bites associated with dangerous dogs legislation (Klaassen and others 1996), or explain the potential changes and improvements needed to the law.

However, it is frequently noted that dogs seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act may spend long periods of time in kennels; for example, Harding (2012) refers to a case where a dog was confined for 18 months. Such kennelling in social isolation is likely to be both physically and mentally influential on a dog's wellbeing. Taylor and Mills (2007) review the kennel …

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