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Dangerous dogs legislation to be scrutinised

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By Matthew Limb

A parliamentary inquiry into the legislation on dangerous dogs has been announced by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EfraCom).

The committee will review the effectiveness of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and is giving people until midnight on 6 June to submit written evidence.

The act made it an offence to keep four types of dog traditionally bred for fighting – the pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, fila Brasileiro and dogo Argentino – unless the dog was not deemed a danger to the public and placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs. If a dog is on this list, it must be kept in compliance with certain requirements.

But the act has been criticised for its impact on dog welfare and for failing to protect the public.

According to the RSPCA, 37 …

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