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House of Commons Hansard
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Dogs: Animal Welfare
09 March 2010
Volume 507
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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of (a) detection and (b) enforcement action in respect of incidents of dog fighting. [320590]

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Police are provided with powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (as amended) for tackling dog fighting. Last year we provided Association of Chief Police Officers with funding to help police forces to train dedicated “dog legislation officers” who are familiar with the law on dangerous dogs.

However, it is for chief officers to decide how they target their resources to tackling or reducing crime in their particular force area.