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THE step­fa­ther of a teenage girl mauled to death by a pack of dogs has wel­comed pro­pos­als for life jail terms for own­ers of killer dogs.

But he warned more needs to be done to pre­vent an “epi­demic” of at­tacks sweep­ing the coun­try.

Jade Lo­mas-An­der­son, 14, was sav­aged by four dogs – be­lieved to be two bull mas­tiffs and two Stafford­shire bull ter­ri­ers – as she was vis­it­ing the home of a friend near Wi­gan in March.

Her step­dad Michael An­der­son, 34, said plans for longer sen­tences for ir­re­spon­si­ble own­ers who al­low their dogs to at­tack mem­bers of the pub­lic was “go­ing down the right path”.

But Mr An­der­son said he and his wife – Jade’s mother Shirley, 36 – who both live in Ather­ton, Wi­gan, will carry on cam­paign­ing in sup­port of early preven­tion mea­sures, such as dog con­trol no­tices and mi­crochip­ping.

“Dog at­tacks have been go­ing for years and it has got worse and worse,” he said.

“A quar­ter of a mil­lion peo­ple were at­tacked last year alone – this has reached epi­demic lev­els.”

No pros­e­cu­tions were brought against the owner of the dogs that killed Jade, as the in­ci­dent oc­curred on pri­vate prop­erty and they were not il­le­gal breeds.

Last month, Jade’s par­ents and the par­ents of four-year-old John Paul Massey, who died af­ter his un­cle’s pit­bull at­tacked him in 2009, handed in a pe­ti­tion at 10 Down­ing Street call­ing for David Cameron to take ac­tion.

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