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Dogs: Crime

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in combating crime involving dogs; and if she will make a statement. (256875)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: There has been no recent assessment of this Act by the Home Department. This Government are determined to curb the use of dogs by criminals and, in particular, gangs. Our proposed amendments to the Police and Crime Bill 2009 will build on existing legislation, to further target the use of dogs by gangs. The amendment will give the courts power to stop an individual taking charge of a dog in a public place if it is being used to support gang related activity.