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RSPCA conference to tackle ‘dangerous
dog’ culture


HIGH-PROFILE speakers will be taking on a topical and controversial subject when the RSPCA hosts a conference to discuss the increasing concern about dogs in our communities.

Dog attacks, dogs as weapons, ‘status’ dogs, stray dogs and dog registration will all be discussed at what looks set to be an important, lively and provocative gathering, to be held in London on Tuesday 3 June.

Speakers include outspoken North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, a member of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), lead officer on stray and dangerous dogs, will be talking about dog management; trends and enforcement issues.

Neil Davies, the Head of the Dog Unit for Merseyside Police, which brought in a so-called ‘pitbull amnesty’ following the death of Ellie Lawrenson who was mauled to death by a pit bull terrier in 2007, will be discussing so-called ‘status dogs’.

RSPCA Strategic Campaigner Miranda Luck said that the conference aimed to tackle head-on one of the UK’s most pressing social issues.

“There is a concern among the public at the moment about dogs, whether it be high-profile attacks on children, organised dog fighting, or young people with tough looking dogs on street corners. The RSPCA wants to bring people together to discuss these issues, and hopefully we’ll come up with effective solutions.”

As well as a lively discussion, delegates to the conference will be able to take part in instant voting on the issues, to enable the RSPCA to gather opinions. The summer conference is the first organised by the RSPCA as an annual series, aimed at confronting topical issues of the time.

*Vets, local government officials, anyone involved with dogs and interested members of the public are invited to attend the conference – for details please contact Miranda Luck on 0300 123 0219 or mluck@rspca.org.uk.