Police forces struggling to make 20 per cent cuts face spiralling costs to pay for caging “devil dogs” under the Government’s crackdown, ministers have admitted.
But don’t worry! Our useless government has a plan!
Agriculture minister Jim Paice said he hoped the figure would fall to about £1.1million a year as the number of prosecutions dropped.
He also claimed the costs would be offset by a £490,000 saving from allowing police to decide whether suspected dangerous dogs can remain with their owners during court cases.
Well, they’d never, ever prioritise their budgets over the public’s safety, would they? I mean, we’ve seen how much they value that of their own officers, after all.
Whew! I feel so much safer…
Labour MP Luciana Berger, who uncovered the bill using Parliamentary questions, said it was evidence of the Government’s “nonsensical approach” to tackling dangerous dogs.
Ms Berger said: “Their proposals do nothing to stop dog attacks happening in the first place, yet massively increase the cost of enforcement.”
Loathe as I am to agree with a Labour politician, she’s spot on.
We can expect to see far more of this:
A mum said she and her daughter were lucky not to have been seriously injured when they were attacked by a dog.
Michelle Jones had to fend off the Rottweiler with an umbrella, while her 12-year-old daughter Maddie hid behind her during the five-minute attack.
Given they had no injuries, and in the absence of any pictures of Mrs Jones looking like Sheena Queen Of The Jungle, I’m going to interpret ‘attack’ as ‘overly boisterous dog wanted to play’.
If it’d been a genuine attack, an umbrella wouldn’t have been much use. Still terrifying, unnecessary and totally unlawful, however. No-one should allow their dog to be at large, and out of control.
Michelle, 32, said: “It was really horrible, really terrifying and it felt like it lasted a lot longer than it probably did.
“I stood there yelling, crying, fighting the dog and screaming for help, but nobody came to help us.”
Eventually, Michelle said, the owner came and called for the dog and it ran off.
No mention of any apology? No remorse for the distress caused? Well, then, this is a job for the police!
Sussex Police confirmed officers had been called to the incident at around 9am, and had visited both the victims and the owner of the animal.
A spokeswoman said officers “didn’t have any concerns” , so they gave advice to the owner around not letting the dog out on its own again and would not be taking further action.
It’s nice that they have ‘no concerns’ and that ‘advice to the owner’ is considered all that needs to be given.
Once hopes that the owner heeds it. It’d be terrible if one day the police had to knock on his door, eh?
As the news spreads through forces that taking action against a dangerous dog might entail costs, and there’s a get-out clause available, expect more cases of dog attacks, not fewer.