Barking Mad – ITV shines light on dangerous dogs
27th June 2012
Last night's ITV Tonight show, 'Barking Mad',
explored the issue of dangerous dogs. Featuring interviews with CWU
health and safety officer Dave Joyce and CWU
member Paul Coleman who was attacked by a dog whilst on his
delivery in 2007, the programme highlighted the fatal consequences
of laws that just don't work.
Campaigners, including the CWU, are now demanding swift action
from the government, and the programme explored the shortfalls of
the current legislation (Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991) and the
dilemma of what can be done to stop the problem without punishing
millions of responsible dog owners?
campaign drew the attention of producer Bob Jefford and the ITV
team leading to some close work in producing the programme.
Jonathan Maitland and his team followed CWU's Dave Joyce to
Wales on the Bite-Back campaign trail to an event where the support
of the Welsh Assembly to effect changes to the law was achieved.
Dave Joycesaid: "We all hope that the Tonight Programme will help to boost awareness of the problem which dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners cause every day and increase pressure on the government to take action. We desperately need new laws to tackle the ongoing and worsening problems of dangerous dogs. 6,000 postal workers are attacked every year and dozens of small children have been horrifically injured or even killed in recent years. This has to stop."
If you missed the programme you can catch the repeat on Fri 29 Jun at 2:30am on ITV1, UTV.
For more information about the CWU's campaign visit our Dangerous Dogs - Bite Back pages.