There are many petitions online at the moment causing confusion to many as to which ones to sign. The two we are supporting are the RSPCA petition to repeal BSL which can be found here and a petition set up by Draconian Dogs Act asking for open keepership for banned breeds and can be found here
Please add your support
Trevor Cooper is starting his brand new tour of seminars next week called 'Doglaw for Professionals : Update 2018 for England' which will be providing (1) an overview of the new proposed Animal Establishments Licence (which will particularly impact on breeders and boarders, including day care & home boarding) (2) an update on Breed Specific Legislation in light of recent High Court decisions, and (3) a review of where we are with increasing the sentencing for cruelty offences and the issue of sentiency of animals.
A few places are still available and to book your place call us on 01304 755 557 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs £120 for the half day.
Other venues will be in the following weeks -
Sutton Coldfield Friday 27th April
Harrogate Thursday 4th May
Manchester Friday 5th May
Southampton Friday 11th May
Peterborough Thursday 17th May
Witney Friday 18th May
Reminder : There's a couple of consultations being undertaken by DEFRA for England and you only have a limited time to respond. You have until 27th April to make your voice heard regarding a possible ban on the use of electronic training collars for cats & dogs, and until 2nd May to provide evidence on the possibility of a ban on third party sales of pets (Lucy's Law). Full details on both consultations are on the DEFRA website.
We've been getting a lot of 'accident claim' calls lately. Could we ask that if you call us for advice you leave us a quick message (either voice or text) so that we know it's a genuine call and not time wasters. We are more than happy to call you back.
From the Doglaw website
"Back in November we told you there was a High Court case on Breed Specific Legislation regarding a dog called Sky. The advocates for the dog owner were Cathyrn McGahey QC and Pam Rose and the Solicitors were Wheldon Law. The judgment was handed down on 20th December.
It still remains a criminal offence have possession or custody of a non exempted Pit Bull Terrier type dog and it's still a criminal offence to give away or sell a Pit Bull Terrier type dog.
Such a dog can be exempted from the prohibition only if the Court finds that the dog would not constitute a danger to public safety - this assessment requires the Court to consider the temperament of the dog as well as whether the person to have the dog is fit and proper. The Court has said that the person must be either the owner or the person for the time being in charge of the dog (a phrase that is more commonly known as the keeper). So, when an owner can't have the dog, who can be the dog's registered keeper? The Court has said that the concept of being in charge 'relates to whether the person in question has responsibility for the dog' and it 'involves contact in the past or present. It cannot extend to the future'.
We will be presenting live webinars on Breed Specific Legislation when we will explain the law and it will include the practical implications of this judgment. Places cost £10 and the webinar will last up to an hour (incl some Q&A). Dates are : Thursday 25th Jan at 6pm and Friday 26th Jan at 11am. To book your place, go onto DoglawSOS.co.uk or call us during normal office hours on 0800 999 3647."
A survey commissioned by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home