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Working group set up to tackle dog attacks

Work is underway to try and reduce dog attacks following a spate of incidents across the country, according to reports.

Police, councils and animal welfare experts are teaming up to explore ways to reduce dog attacks and promote responsible ownership, the reports suggest.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman told PA: “We’ve set up a working group with the police, local authority groups and animal welfare experts to look at ways to take forward measures on reducing dog attacks and to promote responsible dog ownership.”

The spokeman said that conditions for licensed breeders and pet sellers are also being reviewed.

The number of dog attacks recorded by police in England and Wales has risen by more than a third in the past five years, a BBC investigation revealed earlier this year. There were nearly 22,000 cases of out-of-control dogs causing injury in 2022 compared to just over 16,000 in 2018.


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