Time to tighten up toothless Dogs Act

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AS the summer sun beams down on our shores this week it seems the world and his dog has descended on our seafront, especially in the evenings.

A gentle stroll along the Hastings and St Leonards seafronts reveals the full extent of the problems we face with out of control dogs.

Almost every yard of the way there are people walking with dogs and the majority being the infamous Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Unfortunately several owners are clutching cans of super strength lager and seemed unable to hold themselves up nevermind control a dog.

And many are young men looking as menacing as their so called ‘pet’ dogs as they hang about Bottle Alley and promenade benches drinking and trying to look cool.

The dog is now a status symbol. The harder looking the dog - the hard the owner.

There are even groups of dangerous looking large dogs including wolf-type looking dogs and bull terriers being held together by women, one woman even tries to hold on to three dogs.

And there are bull terriers now leaping out of older people’s cars and straight into the paths of joggers and cyclists.

These dogs are potentially lethal weapons and can maim or even kill at the drop of a hat.

Anyone caught with a gun in the UK can expect five years in prison.

But people are allowed to freely roam our streets with animals that can potentially rip a child to pieces in seconds.

Under the toothless Dangerous Dogs Act just Pit Bull Terriers, Tosas, Dogos and Fila’s must be kept under special control in public.

As the number of attacks on children and adults continues to rise the act must be reviewed.

All potentially dangerous dogs such as Rottweilers, Bull Mastiffs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and even Alsatians in some case, must be muzzled and kept on leads in public places. They should only be walked by responsible adults over the age of 18 who are physically capable of handling such a powerful animal.

Anyone who flouts this must face losing the dog and a hefty fine for starters.