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Nonprofits call for new dog laws and improved enforcement

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Over 20 charities, unions, and other non-profit groups have joined together to demand the government take action against irresponsible dog owners and increase funding for those tasked with policing dog control laws.

The group's joint statement says: "We believe that irresponsible dog ownership, whether it is allowing dogs to stray, be dangerously out of control or indiscriminately breeding them, causes significant problems for the safety and welfare of both humans and animals. Current legislation is proving inadequate in many cases to ensure sufficient protection.

"We believe that both the provision of sufficient resources at a local level for local authorities and the police, and updated and consolidated legislation that has a genuine preventative effect, are needed to address this problem.

"We call on the coalition Government to act and bring forward legislation that addresses these areas effectively."

Signees of the statement include: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home; The Blue Cross; The British Horse Society; British Veterinary Association; Chartered Institute for Environmental Health; Communication Workers Union; Dogs Trust; GMB union; Guide Dogs for the Blind; International Institute of Risk and Safety Management; Kennel Club; The Mayhew Animal Home; National Dog Warden Association; The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals; Police Federation; Prospect; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Trades Union Congress; UNISON; and UNITE.

The statement has been sent to Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and the acting leader of the opposition Harriet Harman, ahead of publication of the responses to Defra's consultation on dog legislation which is expected this autumn.

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