Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Bad dogs and fatuous remedies

Look, let's get real here. The mouth-breathing semi literate thug with the neck-tattoos and the pitbull isn't an owner-occupier. The chances are he's housed in council or housing association rented accommodation. He has no right to keep a dog unless at the landlord's consent - or face eviction.

The answer to 'weapon dogs' isn't yet more unworkable legislation from the central State, it's for councils and social landlords to do their job.

If you really want a new law, then bring one in that jails the Chief Executive of a council or housing association for thirty days if a weapon-dog from one of their properties attacks someone. I guarantee that within weeks the problem will have all but disappeared.

7 comments:

BrianSJ said...

What a terrible suggestion. Next you'll be wanting to jail landlords that allow smoking. Oh.

Dungeekin said...

I have an alternate suggestion which may appeal....

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English Pensioner said...

Councils only take on people who are not likely to cause trouble and usually pay any fines such as motorists or those dropping litter. Going near someone with a fighting dog is risky; just think of the health & safety considerations!

yokel said...

Just like gun control! First registration, then removal stage by stage. Owning a gun is now criminal, so only criminals have guns. And it hasn't really stopped the criminal use of guns. Various chav gangs vie with each other (including the police) to brag about whose weapon is biggest!

So with dogs. First registration, then removal stage by stage, so that only criminals have dogs. Dogs will still attack and cause injury. Assorted chav gangs (including the police) will continue to argue in public about whose dog is the fiercest.

And companion dogs (for those who like dogs as properly trained pets) will be a footnote in the history books.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, lateral thinking at its best. Good sense ,like cream, must rise to the top , hopefully this idea will get more public airing.
DKMcG

Blue Eyes said...

One problem with this otherwise excellent idea is that the courts almost never evict council tenants even if they are in flagrant breach of their tenancy agreements.

Anonymous said...

One might also point out that using dogs to intimidate, threaten or attack people is already illegal. Dog-fights are already illegal. The maltreatment of dogs (and other animals) is already illegal.

So how about the pigs actually enforce the laws instead of, for example, harassing ordinary people and executing random Brazilian electricians? Just a thought...