Wayne David secured an adjournment debate on dangerous dogs, in which he referred to the case of Jack Lis, the 10-year-old boy who was killed by a dangerous dog in Caerphilly last November
Wayne David secured an adjournment debate on dangerous dogs, in which he referred to the case of Jack Lis, the 10-year-old boy who was killed by a dangerous dog in Caerphilly last November

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly,  has spoken in adjournment debate in the House of Commons to call for the Government to have a different and more effective approach to addressing the issue of dangerous dogs.

In the debate, Wayne David referred to the case of Jack Lis, the 10-year-old boy who was killed by a dangerous dog in Caerphilly last November. Mr David paid tribute to Jack’s mother, Emma, and agreed with her that the sentences imposed on the two defendants were “too lenient”.

Unfortunately, there is no way possible to re-examine the sentences, but Wayne David stressed the importance of learning the lessons of what happened to Jack and for making sure that similar tragedies do not happen again.

Mr David called for a new and effective approach towards dangerous dogs. At present, only four breeds are listed in legislation as “dangerous” and the dog that killed Jack is not included. But rather than simply adding names to the list, which could be ineffective because of crossbreeding, Mr David suggested that a new system of licensing dogs should be introduced. There should be strict controls on the ownership of dogs to prevent ‘dangerous dogs’ being in the wrong hands. He further argued that local authorities should have greater powers to ensure that dogs are housed and trained properly.

Wayne David also called for a ban on the sale of dogs on the internet.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Wayne David said, “Nothing can bring back Jack, but all of us need to do our utmost to prevent similar tragedies in the future.”

After the debate, Wayne David, “The Government Minister listened intently to the arguments I set out and I know that a great deal of work has been done on this issue. I am therefore hopeful that, when the political situation stabilises, the Government will come forward with firm proposals for new and more effective legislation. The sooner the better”.

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