Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

Cara and Dangerous Dogs - Jan 2012

Many people ask how Cara, my little puppy, is faring.  Happily, she's doing well and I'm doing even better.  I particularly enjoy our game of football, when I get home from work at midnight.  We play in my hallway and it's a sight to behold.  She is so small, compared to the ball!

Walking with Cara means I see more of Newham's parks and relish the lovely conversations with other walkers.

Unfortunately, some conversations are not so edifying.  I challenge dog walkers using the parks to exercise large, frightening dogs, without a lead.

Sadly, my walks can turn into stressful affairs, as we continually scan the horizon for potentially threatening dogs.

Given the lack of respect some owners show for the parks’ by-laws and fellow users, I doubt the dogs have received appropriate training, to keep everyone, including small children, safe from harm.

One family’s story disturbs me particularly.  Their pet dog was savaged to death on Wanstead Flats.

On their behalf, I wrote to the Minister many months ago.  I am yet to receive the courtesy of a reply and have written again, reminding him of my correspondence and his obligation to respond.

Owners of aggressive, untrained dogs face no legal consequences, if their dogs attack.

Surely, that is wrong.  They must take responsibility for their animal’s behaviour.

The RSPCA has appealed for fresh legislation to tackle irresponsible owners and tighten dog laws.  I support their campaign.

I shall continue to press this Government to deliver on its assurances to overhaul dog laws and continue to bark at irresponsible dog owners, to remind them of by-laws.

Cameron's talks about the ‘big society,’ but denies us the basic tools to make it work.   

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