Dog attacks on the increase

Dog 1In the past two years, there have been twenty-five people killed and sixty-nine seriously injured from attacks by dangerous dogs. Every year, this number gets higher and higher. In 2011 there was only 19 people killed by dangerous dogs.

Organisations, such as the RSPCA and other dog trusts, are coming together to offer classes to improve the behaviour of vicious dogs. They hope that this will to help reduce dog-related deaths and injuries.

In Newcastle, the council is giving this project six months and if a dog’s behaviour is still unsatisfactory at the end of the training then they think the best option is to lock the dogs up until the dog has learnt to be around people, and not attacking people.

Do you think dangerous dogs should be locked up, or should we lock up their owners?


Robyn, Year 6

Burgh School



  1. Macey says:

    I think if dogs aren’t on a lead then the owners should be locked up, but if they are then the dogs. Love your article Robyn.

  2. Rachael says:

    The following is my opinion:
    Certain breeds such as ‘bull’ breeds must wear muzzles and be on leads when in public areas. All dogs are capable of attack but, sadly, there is more well known breeds as ‘killers’ than others, such as the Rottweiler, Doberman etc.
    However: One day, on the radio, a person stated this- There is a car, a car driver and a little girl. The car crashes into the little girl. Who do you blame? The car, or the person controlling the car?
    So in the dogs case, this is, do you blame the dog, or the human training the dog on the other end of the lead?
    On the other hand, the most well known as ‘killer’ dog breeds have, usually, in the past, been bred for fighting purposes (now illegal [SP] in the UK), so many will have ‘fight dog’ in their genes, the fault of humans.
    Edit: They should not, in my opinion, lock dogs up until they learn to be around people, some dogs take longer to learn than others and this will only make them more aggressive. This maybe leads to the human being locked up, but you can’t have an agressive dog running around, can you? The dog would have to be put down (unless there is a way of training them out of this), so in the end both dog and human would be punished’.
    Sorry for such a long comment! I wasn’t sure how to put it into a sentence!
    Great article Robyn! [Have fun in Y6(: ]

  3. Bill Thompson says:

    A thought-provoking article, Robyn. More often than not, whenever I see wide-jawed breeds such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, I get a strong feeling that male (usually) owners enjoys the image associated with the ownership of an aggressive-looking dog. (The dog perhaps makes them feel tough and they enjoy the fear generated in others.)

    Also, I’m sure some families have not really examined the risks associated with ownership of such breeds, especially when young children are involved.

    Of course, many of these breeds make terrific pets. Good training is obviously very important, but the statistics suggest that the risk is always there.

    (My favourite breed is the Border Terrier – I have never read of these lovable dogs attacking humans.)


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