From my Dog World opinion column ‘Crossing the headlines’ (8th May 2013)

With the recent tragic death of fourteen year old Jade Anderson, once again the spotlight has been fully focussed upon the problem of ‘dangerous dogs’. It is a very emotive subject and a difficult one to tackle – so difficult in fact that successive governments (since the disastrous introduction of the Dangerous Dog Act in 1991) have promised action but constantly failed to deliver.

I’ve always believed the core of this problem lies in our cities and recent findings by Dr Simon Harding of Middlesex University seems to bear this out. He said, “dangerous dogs are being bred by young men as a business asset in drug deals, debt collection and for gang image”.

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