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We all know that we can get into trouble for using a mobile phone when driving, but how many people consider the effect even the presence of a mobile phone can have on other areas of our lives and just what the implications of that could be? Scientific studies have shown that mobile phones affect how our brain functions and its ability to process and react to what is going on around us.
Buster almost lost his life today because the person walking him lost control when they became distracted by their phone. Please don't use your phone whilst walking your dog. We are increasingly seeing phones being the reason for a lapse in concentration and it really could cost your dog his life. Thankfully for Buster, the court today felt that with conditions in place, Buster could go home with a contingent destruction order in place. He was lucky. It really isn't worth the risk not only to your dog but to other dog owners and members of the public .
Dog ownership/custody disputes: The Doglaw CAB (Canine Advice Bureau) will be available for the first time on the weekend of Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017 for telephone advice between 10.30am & 4.30pm. All advice calls that weekend with specialist solicitor Trevor Cooper will be FREE. This service will be available on 0800 999 3647.
Have you split with your partner and you can’t agree on who should get “custody” of the dog? Or perhaps you’re in dispute with someone else who is claiming to be your dog’s owner? At Cooper & Co Solicitors we’re specialists in Doglaw. We’d never say, “it’s only a dog” – we want to help.
Calls will be limited to up to 15 minutes per caller and must relate to Doglaw in England & Wales. We cannot advise if there is a conflict of interest or if it’s an area of law in which we have no expertise. At the start of the call you will need to register by providing your name, address, telephone number, email address, name of the person you have dispute with, and the name and breed of dog concerned.
The Doglaw CAB is provided by Cooper & Co Solicitors of Whitfield, Kent. Regulated & authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA 258139). Our usual landline number is 01304 755 557, but you will not be able to access this service on that number.
Our first symposium called "What is the solution to dangerous dogs?" will take place on 13th November 2017 near Runcorn (see map below). It will be an opportunity for you to share your opinion with a stellar line up of professionals from various sectors of the dog world. This is likely to generate a lively debate! You can now book places online using all major debit and credit cards at doglaw.co.uk. The price is £234 per person (inc VAT) to include beverages and lunch.
In case you are not familiar with the Runcorn area, the location we have chosen is very easy to find and located just a few minutes from the M56 with ample free parking. With clear traffic, you can get there in less than an hour from places such as Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton, Chester and Wrexham; or in less than two hours from places such as Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, Preston, Derby or Nottingham. If you are intending to come from further afield then we shall be arranging preferential hotel rates so you could come up at your own pace the day before.
Please be aware of a DNA test being advertised offering an "exemption" DNA test to show that your dog is not a Pit Bull "which can be used in court or with any agency" they also imply that the dogs in the attached photograph have had their test applied saying "Here are a set of images taken of dogs that some may consider a "pit bull" based on physical characteristics. Based on our test, the only dog with significant pit bull terrier is picture #3. This dog according to our test is only 12% pit bull." The attached image is from a quiz published on the blog site "The truth about Pit Bulls" in April 2011 and the dog they refer to as the Pit Bull (#3) is actually an Alapaha blue blood bulldog. The Pit Bull is actually the red dog at #16 which we guess says it all really
We are not publishing a link so as not to give publicity however for the avoidance of doubt Regina v Knightsbridge Crown Court, ex parte Dunne. Brock v Director of Public Prosecutions - Queen's Bench Divisional Court ruled in 1993 that the words Pit Bull 'type' contained within the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 that the word 'type' in relation to dogs had a broader meaning than 'breed', and that a court could properly conclude that a dog was 'of the type known as the pit bull terrier' within the meaning of section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, so long as its characteristics substantially conformed to the standard set for the breed by the American Dog Breeder's Association (ABDA), even though it did not meet that standard in every respect. It was ruled that a court could properly conclude that a dog was 'of the type known as the pit bull terrier' if the dog approximately amounted to, was near to, or had a substantial number of the characteristics of the pit bull terrier as set out in the ABDA's standard.
As a dog in UK law can be substantially be of type whilst not actually containing any Pit Bull in its breeding and as the Pit Bull Terrier standard set out by the ADBA lays out the standard for a working type based on ability we would suggest that there is little or nothing to gain by having a 'certificate of exemption' produced by anyone other than Defra