Dan­ger­ous dogs ‘same as weapon’

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OWN­ING a dan­ger­ous dog could soon at­tract the same pun­ish­ment as for own­ing an of­fen­sive weapon.

London Coun­cils – which rep­re­sents 33 coun­cils in the cap­i­tal – said the prob­lem, in par­tic­u­lar so-called sta­tus dogs used by gangs as weapons, was grow­ing – with a huge in­crease in the num­ber of dogs seized by po­lice and de­stroyed.

Coun­cil­lor Claire Kober said: “Peo­ple need to be re­as­sured lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have the pow­ers to deal with dan­ger­ous dogs.

“Peo­ple were sick­ened by the re­cent dog at­tack on po­lice­men in east London, and wor­ried about dan­ger­ous, un­con­trolled dogs and thugs us­ing ‘sta­tus dogs’ as weapons.

The Gov­ern­ment was ac­cused of fail­ing to ful­fil a prom­ise to strengthen the law on dan­ger­ous dogs.

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