By Georgia Ellis
Our canine chums are not always our best friend, according to new statistics.
The UK’s most common household pet, according to the Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PFMA) is the dog. ‘26 percent’ of the UK’s population own a dog and have them in their home. Man’s best friend is the common name for dogs, yet within Leeds dog attack have been on the rise.
West Yorkshire Police has released the newest figures for dangerous dog attacks in Leeds. Between Oct 2017 to October 2018 there have been 281 attacks. More are expected towards the Christmas period.
‘‘Under the dangerous dog act of 1991, Section 3: if a dog is dangerously out of control in any place the owner, is guilty of an aggravated offence and will be charged,” according to West Yorkshire Police, “Owners need to take full control of their pets to prevent serious harm and injury towards others.’’ Injuries from domestic dogs are a problem on the streets of Leeds and it’s causing fear among the general public.
‘’It’s important to understand the possible danger dogs present towards kids. They are animals at the end of the day and the danger they can present in the household shouldn’t be neglected,’’ said Chloe Ellis, a mother of two young children.
While in the workplace uncontrolled dogs can be a threat to personal safety.
Alex Hudson, a parts delivery driver, knows the daily threat a dog can present. He said ‘’I suffer mild dog attack everyday as part of my job. It’s an occupational hazard which I do not enjoy and I worry about my health.’’
Dog trauma charity Dog bites aims to help prevent stress from encounters with uncontrollable dogs.
Founder Coleen Wilson says ‘”There are about 35 to 40 fatalities from dog attacks per year and this needs to stop. Education is needed to provide the general public to be responsible for their pets and stop these figures from rising.’’