Many Staffordshire Bull Terriers face an unhappy future
Earlier this year Camden Council and the Corporation of London were contemplating introducing local legislation regarding dog controls. Eventually, following local protests, they (sensibly) decided not to pursue this plan. I was, therefore, delighted t
Earlier this year Camden Council and the Corporation of London were contemplating introducing local legislation regarding dog controls.
Eventually, following local protests, they (sensibly) decided not to pursue this plan. I was, therefore, delighted to read that the legislation which is already in place to prevent owners of potentially dangerous dogs acting irresponsibly was utilised by Camden Police during Operation Cranshaw.
Sadly the Staffordshire Bull Terrier - which in the right hands can be a wonderful family pet - has become the 'hot ticket' amongst people wishing to demonstrate their 'street cred'. The rescue centres are full of Staffies and Staffie-crosses (and yes, they are often crossed with fighting breeds).
This year, during an open day held by the Corporation of London near the cafeteria on the Heath, two teenage girls stood by while their Staffie bitch (not wearing a collar and identity tag and quite clearly in season) ran free, causing chaos by attracting the attentions of all the uncastrated male dogs in the area - much to her distress.
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Dogs should not be regarded as fashion statements or cash crops, and anything which can be done to prevent irresponsible owners from acquiring a potentially dangerous dog is a step in the right direction.
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