Introduce dog control notices, tragic Jade’s family tell peers

Shirley and Michael Anderson
Shirley and Michael Anderson
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THE family of a tragic teenager mauled to death by a pack of dogs in a house has taken a campaign for tighten dog controls to the House of Lords.

Michael and Shirley Anderson, the stepdad and mum of 14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson who died in Atherton in March, addressed peers ahead of the dangerous dogs section of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill being considered in the upper chamber.

Jade’s parents asked a group of lords to amend the bill to introduce Dog Control Notices for irresponsible owners, an alteration which was previously rejected by MPs in the House of Commons.

Michael said: “There were some heartfelt conversations at the meeting and there’s a hope something can be sorted out, we just have to wait and see.

“There’s an urgent need for dog control notices which provide more of a deterrent, because once you’ve had a warning you are liable for prosecution. The tragedies and the figures say it all, it’s shouting out for help on this issue. It’s not going to go away, it’s going to get worse if we don’t act now.”

Michael and Shirley set up Jade’s Campaign following her death to educate dog owners and ensure pets are properly looked after, as well as campaigning for dogs to be kept on a lead at all times in public.

The visit was arranged by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling, who has also been campaigning for tougher laws to prevent dog attacks.

Ms Hilling said: “I think the peers were very moved by what people had to say and they are committed to raising the issue.

“We need a concerted effort to deal with dangerous dogs, it can’t just be alongside other forms of anti-social behaviour. We’ve really got to take the issue seriously.”

Representatives from Battersea Dogs Home and the Communication Workers Union, as well as Coun Dilwar Ali from Wales, whose son was badly injured in a dog attack, also attended the meeting.

The House of Lords is scheduled to consider the dangerous dogs section of the bill on Monday evening.