THE family of Jade Anderson, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs, are backing a new campaign to promote responsible dog ownership.
Shirley and Michael Anderson met with representatives from Wigan Council, Wigan and Leigh Housing and Greater Manchester Police ahead of the campaign launch next month.
Jade, 14, from Lowton, died in March after being attacked by four dogs at a friend’s house. The borough-wide campaign aims to make people aware of the importance of responsible dog ownership. It will focus on choosing the right breed, caring for dogs and how to report any problems or concerns.
Awareness days will be held in Wigan and Leigh and a marketing campaign will provide information on where to get advice and guidance.
The task group has been working with the Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust.
Jade’s Dad Michael Anderson said: “After a very positive meeting I am looking forward to the future and the results this campaign will lead to. We have had lots of support from members of the community, which we’re very grateful for.
“It is about responsible dog ownership, as a dog owner you should be responsible for your dogs. We need better education and awareness about dangerous dogs.”
The family has started a petition calling for the law “to make dog owners accountable”. They want the police to be able to prosecute dog owners if their animal attacks “somebody on private property.”
Coun Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “We were all shocked by the tragic death of Jade Anderson.
“Following that terrible incident, we decided to investigate if there was any more we could do to encourage responsible dog ownership and promote safety.
“We’ve been working with Greater Manchester Police and Wigan and Leigh Housing and come up with a number of ideas including a high-profile awareness campaign, starting in a few weeks’ time and it’s important everybody works together.”