Dog attack fatality shows dangers persist
27th March 2013
CWU expresses its condolences and deepest sympathies to the
friends and family of Jade Lomas-Anderson, age 14, reportedly
killed by five dogs at a friend's house in Atherton, Greater
Manchester, yesterday. The dogs at the property were known to
postal workers in the area, although none had been attacked. This
death is the 15th killing by dogs since 1989.
Dave Joyce, CWU Health and Safety Officer,
said: "This is another tragic loss of a young life and CWU
sends condolences to the family and friends of Jade Lomas-Anderson.
It highlights again the danger posed by dogs and the need to tackle
irresponsible ownership. How many more lives must be lost before
action is taken?
"CWU would express the view that leaving children alone
with dogs is strongly inadvisable and is a risk. Greater awareness
of the risks is needed and more emphasis should put on preventative
measures such as training and restraint.
"Defra's recent announcement of proposed changes to
dangerous dogs laws was welcome, but it doesn't go far enough
and we still have no timetable of implementation. Westminster is
still dragging its feet when action is urgently needed."
CWU has been campaigning for changes to the UK's
dog control laws through its Bite Back campaign, which was set up
in 2008 following near-fatal attacks on two postal workers in
Sheffield and Cambridge. CWU's campaign has achieved new laws
in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with Wales also currently
23,000 postmen and women and hundreds of telecom engineers have
been attacked by dogs in the last five years with many seriously
injured. 70% of these attacks take place on private property where
irresponsible owners are immune from criminal prosecution.
This latest fatality brings the total number of deaths in the UK
from dog attacks to 15, since Kelly Lynch in 1989 (ten children and
Prime Minister David Cameron gave written assurances to CWU in
April 2010 that changes would be made to UK dangerous dogs laws.
David Cameron's pledge.
Defra's recent announcement of proposed changes has been
welcomed by CWU. However, CWU says the measures do not go far
enough and there is also no timetable for introducing these
necessary urgent changes.
For more information please visit Dangerous Dogs - Bite Back.