More Serious Dog Attacks Highlight Need For Government Action

Fatal And Serious Incidents Show More Should Be Done To Help Victims And Families, Lawyers Warn

11.02.2014

Another spate of serious dog attacks has once again put the Government’s lack of urgent action on the issue of improving public safety into the spotlight, according to legal specialists representing the victims of such incidents.

The issue is once again in the public eye following disturbing reports of the death of an 11-month-old baby who was attacked by a dog at a house in Blackburn, as well as a separate incident involving a four-year-old girl who needed hospital treatment following an attack at a park in Dumfries on Sunday (February 9th).

Both attacks are arguably the most high-profile so far this year and are just the latest in a series of serious incidents involving dogs over the past 12 months, including the death of a 79-year-old Liverpool man Clifford Clarke in May and the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson at a house in Atherton in March.

According to lawyers at Irwin Mitchell who specialise in helping dog attack victims to gain justice and access to vital rehabilitation and support following such incidents, all of these attacks reflect the need for the Government to bring forward plans which will improve the level of protection to the general public.