Dangerous dogs target as police issue appeal

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Surgeries are being held around the county by police to encourage responsible ownership and tackle the issue of ‘dangerous dogs.’

Events will be held between 12pm and 8pm in Blackburn (July23), Blackpool (July 24) and Preston (July 25).

Members of the public who have concerns about whether or not they own a banned breed are being asked to book an appointment and bring their dog along where specialist dog handlers and dog identification officers will be on hand to assess their dog and decide if further action is required.

The purpose of the events is to educate the public about the recent changes in dog legislation and to provide help and advice to dog owners who have questions or concerns about the breed of their dog, and identify any dogs that are prohibited under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

All owners are being reassured that they will be treated professionally and sensitively.

Inspector Mark Baines said: “We know there are dogs out there that pose a risk to the community and even to their owners.

“Any dog breed has the potential to be dangerous, especially around very small children.

“Sadly this is evident by the number of dog bite incidents that get reported both to us and other forces on a regular basis, some with tragic consequences.

“We understand that it may be a very difficult decision for pet owners to come forward but we would urge anybody that owns a dog and has any concerns about its breed to bring it along in order to comply with the legislation.”

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am fully supportive of the Constabulary’s efforts to protect people and keep communities safe, and I would urge anyone who is concerned about their pet to visit the surgery and put their mind at ease.”

Please email lancashirepolice@lancashire.pnn.police.uk to book an appointment.

Or call police on 101 with any concerns about dangerous dogs..