Wythenshawe grandmother of tragic Jade calls for action on dangerous dogs

Jade LomasThe grandmother of Jade Lomas Anderson who was mauled to death by dogs has called for urgent action on dangerous dogs.

Kathleen Holden, from Northern Moor, has called for a change in the law to prevent attacks by dangerous dogs and is backed by Wythenshawe MP, Paul Goggins.

Fourteen-year-old Jade was attacked by a number of dogs were “out of control” at a house in Atherton in March.

Wythenshawe and Sale East MP, Paul Goggins, has presented a petition to Parliament calling for the Government to take urgent action to prevent attacks by dangerous dogs.

Mr Goggins has worked closely with Kathleen Holden, the grandmother of Jade Lomas Anderson, the 14 year old school girl tragically mauled to death by dogs earlier this year, in preparing and presenting a petition to Parliament calling for urgent action on dangerous dogs.

Seven children and two adults have been killed by dogs since 2006, and 6,000 admissions to hospital are caused by dog attacks each year leaving many victims scarred for life. Mr Goggins has joined calls for the law to be amended to cover attacks on people and animals on both private and public property and to introduce Dog Control Notices giving the police and local authorities the power to introduce the compulsory micro-chipping of all dogs and promote responsible dog ownership, including training owners and dogs.

An amendment to the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill introducing specific Dog Control Notices was voted down at committee stage.

Mr Goggins said: “Members of Jade’s family – including her grandmother Kathleen – have collected names for the petition and I pay tribute to their hard work.

“Seven children and two adults have been killed by dogs since 2006, and there are 6,000 admissions to hospital each year caused by dog attacks – it is clear the Government urgently need to amend the law to help prevent more attacks like these and I fully support members of Jade’s family in their pursuit of tougher regulation on dangerous dogs.”

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