Welcome to the SafePets Blog

Welcome old and new customers, friends and colleagues.  In this blog, Debbie  Connolly, our founder, will chat, pass on comments and  stories and the rest of us staff and helpers will tell you all about our work and what we can do to help you.

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From our East Midlands base we help people with cat and dog behaviour problems. 

Debbie Connolly is also an expert witness and gives evidence in court after assessing dogs involved in bite incidents. Initial free advice is available just contact us.

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Dangerous Dogs Act Help

The Dangerous Dogs Act can be confusing and although not a definitive guide or a substitute for legal advice, this gives you an idea how the investigation will happen. Contact us if you need advice.

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Is My Dog a Pitbull?

The Dangerous Dogs Act bans 4 breeds; Pit Bull Terrier, Fila Brasiliero, Japanese Tosa and Dogo Argentino. The main one people see and read about is the Pit Bull.

How does the law decide if a dog is one of the 4 banned breeds? Read more to understand.

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Appealing a Dog Destruction Order

jenson1This Labrador dog was given a destruction order under the Dangerous Dogs Act after 3 bite incidents.  After completing a period of residential training with us, returning to his owners who then proved that they could also reproduce the new behaviour, I gave evidence in court based on my report and we successfully had the order changed to a contingency destruction order.  An important case for anyone in the same position. Updated June 2019 Continue reading

RBU – Rescue Back Up, Good Practice

Family in autumnRescue Back Up or “RBU” is a term used all over social media to indicate that a rescue is needed to step up as a back up to protect a dog that is going into foster or a home. It seems to have become a badge of glory, with rescues offering RBU in high profile cases, which is non existent come the crisis they are meant to be there for. Continue reading

Dogs Trust Investigation, Illegal puppy smuggling trade

cage_lgpupsToday the Dogs Trust released the results of an undercover investigation into the illegal smuggling of puppies into the UK.  Film of the puppies is similar to that seen in other investigations yet the trade is increasing. A ban on 3rd party puppy sales is being pushed for by TV vet Marc Abraham and his #wheresmum campaign.  Yet Dogs Trust opposed calls for a ban on 3rd party sales.  Continue reading

Dogs Shot by Police in Bolton and Kent

Police carGreater Manchester Police yesterday  shot 2 dogs dead, injured a third which escaped and seized 2 dogs.  All were with a man who earlier had the dogs off lead in a park and there is  short clip of them running at people outside a cafe, some barking and biting a woman and a man.  It isn’t clear how bad the injuries were, but the owner’s behaviour is disturbing. Within 2 days Kent Police shot a dog that had grabbed a toddler by the head and caused serious injuries. Continue reading

Fatal Dog Attacks Need Better Investigation

tiggerchairAnother death caused by a dog bite, the tragic death of Mario Perivoitos, bitten in front of 2 BBC documentary film makers has again highlighted the need for full investigations. I have long campaigned for live assessments of dogs involved in tragic deaths to be able to properly determine the triggers and causes. PLEASE READ TO END AND SIGN THE PETITION.

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Kyle Files, TV Responsibility for Dog Bites

Kylefiles-cropLast night on ITV the latest episode of “The Kyle Files” was broadcast, on the subject of dangerous dogs. I had an interest in this as I am an expert witness,  assessing dogs in bite cases for court.  I also had numerous calls from the production team for 2 months trying to find something they wanted to film.  They assured me this would not be just another show about pit bulls.  Sadly I think it was. Continue reading

Rescue Rules, good practice

3gsdLast year I spoke with Vicky, the great Aunt of Lexi Branson, sadly killed by an unassessed dog rehomed with no advice or homecheck.  The coroner identified some areas of concern regarding this type of rehoming. Two years on her family were horrified to discover from our conversation that nothing had been, or would be done to protect people in the future.  I had already written to George Eustice MP about the need for a live behaviour assessment on dogs who kill or seriously hurt people.  Mr Eustice’s response is here:

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Pets or Pawns? Using Pets to Control Partners

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Having pets can enhance a couple’s relationship.  But sometimes the pet becomes a pawn in a power struggle between adults. I have seen many cases of hidden agendas between people who use their dog to control their partner.

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