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Dogs becoming thugs’ ‘weapon of choice’

This is so sad....This what causes the stupidity known as BSL (Breed specific legislation) Thousands of innocent “pit bull type dogs” have already been murdered because people are too stupid to treat animals correctly. I wonder what breed will be next.... 

Publisher:  Jon Land
Published: 28/04/2006 - 09:12:17 AM Printable version

Dogs have become a “weapon of choice” for a rising number of young thugs, senior police officers have been told.

Deputy chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Cindy Butts claimed she believed there had been a significant increase in youngsters using the animals as weapons or to instil fear.

Her move follows an incident earlier this month in which a 39-year-old was attacked after he asked two dog walkers to control their animals in a well-to-do west London suburb.

Speaking at the MPA’s meeting in London, she said: “I am aware, anecdotally, that increasingly dogs are being used by young people, young men in particular, as either weapons of choice or to instil fear and intimidation.

“I wondered whether any analysis had been done across London to the use of dogs by young people either to commit crime or to instil fear.

“I have certainly noticed a significant increase, particularly of young people carrying some quite potentially dangerous dogs.”

The Metropolitan Police commissioner said it was a “very important issue” for public and officer safety which would be investigated.

One man was arrested and bailed in the wake of the attack on the 39-year-old in west London. The victim was walking home when he saw the men and their dogs, which began biting his ankles.

He shouted at the men to put the Great Dane and a Staffordshire terrier on the lead, and they then followed him into nearby Kinnear Road, where they set the animals on him.

One also produced a meat cleaver and began hacking at him with it, inflicting deep head wounds.

Copyright Press Association 2006.

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