Today 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
Greater 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
Another 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.
Last 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
Last 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:
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.
The Sky News special report of 12th April caused uproar in the dog world. They had spent time with the Status Dog Unit and accompanied the dog handlers on various dog seizures. Sky News interviewed Debbie Connolly, Dog Behaviourist and court Expert Witness, about this statistic.
The biggest fear of many dog owners is that of their dog scaring or biting someone and the police taking it away. We have done many behaviour assessments for court cases relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act and if you are in trouble, here is some advice. Whether an owner or a victim, please ask for help.
DDA changes 13th May 2014 incorporated, last update April 2021
I returned to doing Court Expert Witness work last year after relocating centrally. I feel strongly that dogs involved in bite incidents need full assessment and support. Owners can easily be misled or misinformed by Police and other owners and a dog’s life could be at risk. What exactly do Expert Witnesses do? Here’s an explanation: Continue reading