07 August 2010

Lambeth cracks down on dangerous dogs

A key manifesto pledge from Labour in Lambeth is currently in the final consultation stages. Lambeth's Labour administration planned to expand the dogs service to round up animals used for fighting, tag dogs on estates, prosecute irresponsible owners and ban dogs from children’s play areas

After a public consultation involving Lambeth Living tenants, Lambeth Police, the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs and Cats home the plans are now being put forward to Tenants for further consultation which include an array of measures to combat ‘status dogs’ in council estates.

The plans could see tenancy agreements include mandatory dog chipping and other measures such as tougher enforcement against irresponsible dog owners and illegal breeders as well as a 24 hour stray dog service with fully trained dog handling officers.

Councillor Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, commented “The vast majority of dog owners in Lambeth are responsible and we want to provide support to all those dog owners who love their dogs and look after them properly. However, there are a small number of people who breed and keep dogs for the sole purpose of intimidating others and using dogs as a weapon and we will not put up with that.”