Parliament to discuss stiffer sentences for dog attacks amid latest killing
MPs are due to discuss new legislation in the next few weeks to deal with the growing problem of dogs attacking humans. Under a bill to be submitted to parliament, dog owners would face much stiffer punishments if their dog kills or maims someone. The bill comes after the latest case in which a man was apparently killed by three Staffordshire terriers.
The grisly case was only the latest in a series of attacks by dogs on humans. According to the statistics, up to 30 people a day are attacked by dogs - either theirs or someone else's. An average of two people - often young children - are killed every year. "Fighting" breeds like Staffordshire terriers or Rottweilers actually account for the minority of attacks - half of them are caused by mongrels.
Mrs Sojdrova hopes the bill, which has been in preparation for four years, will coerce dog-breeders to keep their dogs under greater control. The bill appears to have cross-party support. However some MPs have expressed concern that the sentences are too high, and the issue is therefore likely to provoke a lively debate in parliament.