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The complex issue of dog bites
  1. David Bailey1 and
  2. Lucy Leicester2
  1. 17 Mill Mount, Randalstown, Antrim, County Antrim BT41 2AH
  2. 210 Barn Close, Quarndon, Derby DE22 5JE
  1. e-mail: daysbays{at}

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CAROLINE Bower's recent letter (VR, October 18, 2014, vol 175, p 385) highlighted the issue of dog bites. Mrs Bower makes some valid points and many share her concerns. An important consideration in this matter is the legislation that exists to protect the public from dog attacks and promote responsible dog ownership.

The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act was passed in a very short space of time in response to a small number of high-profile dog attacks on vulnerable individuals, placing restrictions on four particular breeds of dog considered to be ‘dangerous’. The statute appeared following widespread media coverage of these events and has been described by many …

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