Gordon has used Prime Ministers Questions to call for an end to pitbull type dogs being treating as “collateral damage” under the Dangerous Dogs Act. 

Last week the DEFRA Select Committee said the act was “not fit for purpose” in its definition of specific breeds – with hundreds of pitbull type dogs being confiscated yearly and destroyed, despite having no impact on the dog bite numbers.

He said: “Will the Prime Minister ask the Environment Secretary to act urgently on the committee’s recommendations and not take the approach of the Lords minister, who told them that even a good-tempered dog had to be put down as collateral damage?

“My wonderful bull terrier-type dog was rescued from the streets and to think of her being destroyed because her face did not fit in court is chilling.”

In her response Theresa May said: “I had not looked at the detail of the report on that particular issue but I can assure him that the Environment Secretary is himself a keen dog owner, as indeed is the Chancellor, and he will be looking at this issue very carefully.”

To read the Select Committee report and its recommendations, click the link .



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