Councils need extra powers over problem dogs, urges MP

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Councils should have new powers to tackle dangerous dogs, according to a South Yorkshire MP.

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, is backing a Private Members’ Bill in Parliament.

The bill would introduce Dog Control Notices in England and Wales, giving councils the ability to take action against people in charge of out of control dogs.

Mr Dugher said the Yorkshire region has a high level of dog attacks – with figures showing 18 hospital admissions for dog bites per 100,000, compared with 7.3 in London.

He said: “Dangerous dogs are a serious and increasing threat to people across the country.”

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