Dog bite injuries - increase of over 40%
Statistics compiled by the NHS have shown that the number of people attending A&E following a dog attack has risen to nearly 3,800 a year in the last four years.
This increase of more than 40% is a figure that follows a series of widely publicised attacks on children with young people and teenagers the most likely groups to be treated.
According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs there is a comprehensive legislation in place to deal with people who fail to control their dogs and in London a campaign is being launched on responsible dog ownership.
Four types of dogs are currently banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act; the pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro.
Katrina Elsey from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "Over the past year I have noted an increase in dog attacks and represent a number of clients who has suffered serious injury and psychological trauma. Being bitten by a dog is a terrifying experience. Dog owners and keepers have a duty to ensure that their dogs do not cause injury.
"Unfortunately we have seen a number of dog attacks on children over the last year but equally another group of concern are postal workers frequently attacked by dogs through no fault of their own.
"The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 stipulates that dog owners of certain types of breeds of dogs have to meet strict requirements. Unfortunately, dog owners do not always adhere to these requirements often leading to dangerous dogs causing serious injury."
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