Consistent and Proactive Approach Concerning Dogs Is Needed – Peredur

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A Plaid Cymru Senedd Member has called on the Labour Government to act on the issue of dog attacks.

Peredur Owen Griffiths MS was talking after yet another incident in Penyrheol over the weekend which involved a five-month-old baby being attacked. In the last 18 months there have been two fatal dog attacks in the same community.

The South Wales East MS called on the Labour Government to ensure there is a consistent and proactive approach throughout Wales to dealing with dangerous dogs.

He said: “The victim in this latest attack was a five-month-old baby who taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and my thoughts and prayers, and, I'm sure, the thoughts and prayers of everybody here, goes out to that family at this difficult time.

“Only two days before this incident, Plaid Cymru councillor, Steve Skivens, hosted a meeting in Penyrheol to discuss the need to tackle the wave of serious dog attacks in the community.

“I attended the meeting, along with a number of other Plaid Cymru members, as well as representatives from organisations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, council officers, as well as Gwent Police.

“During the meeting, it emerged from the police that there is an initiative that's taken place in the North Wales Police area to tackle dangerous dogs and irresponsible dog ownership, which is often the root cause of problems.

“This initiative has yet to be applied throughout Wales.”

He added: “Can we therefore have a Government statement on how we can improve public safety and responsible dog ownership, with a pan-Wales approach that is applied consistently throughout our country, and, also, a statement on what legislative solutions can be available to us here in Wales to tackle this issue?”

In response, Leslie Griffiths MS – the Rural Affairs Minister and Trefnydd – said she is keeping the matter “under review.”

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  • Gareth Llewellyn
    published this page in News 2023-05-03 11:12:53 +0100

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