The Accrington Observer are running a story on the number of dogs put down or kennelled last year to due to poor owners. The Observer has put in an FOI request to Hyndburn Council and found that in 2013 and 2014, 71 dangerous dogs have been put to sleep and 525 have been kennelled.
Most of these are Pit Bull type dogs – many are crossed.
These are shocking figures and I only hope in the last 12 months these figures have come down.
I believe that not enough information is given to people so that they can make a responsible decision. The media, the breeders, friends and family, society.
I also believe not enough is being done to control breeders and tackle reckless breeders.
Dogs have affection, develop relationships and understand torment and mistreatment. I may offend the doggy version of the National Rifle Association but if these figures persist and this level of cruelty is not reduced to a fraction of what it is now, then I expect a responsible government to bring forward tough legislation. That is legislation that will introduce the necessary measures, stricter controls with the sole purpose of bringing down these terrible numbers. I think we all have a duty to act collectively to protect animal welfare and that starts with potential dog owners and reckless dog breeders.