Dogs and the law

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 May 2012

Ok. In response to last week's letter about another dog attack. Why don't we, under the auspices of this newspaper, set up a "dog action group" comprising of citizens, the police and the dog warden?

Perhaps we could provide an escort service for those now too frightened to walk their dogs?

There have been some recent rulings about dogs. The lady last week was quite right to suggest that if a dog causes psychological distress to a person, it comes under the remit of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Also, the Dog Control Act of 1847, which was never repealed, states that anyone allowing a dog to roam in a public place is liable to prosecution.

I spoke to an Exmouth postman today who told me that in 22 years of delivering far and wide he has only been bitten once – and that was in Exmouth last year !

David Gwilliam

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