Jade tragedy: Petition set up

Jade Anderson
Jade Anderson

RELATIVES of tragic teenager Jade Anderson, mauled to death by a pack of dogs, have set up a petition urging stricter controls on pets.

The family of the youngster, who was found dead in a house in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, after being attacked by four animals, is setting up an e-petition calling for greater regulation of dog breeds which have been known to act viciously, including compulsory microchipping and licensing.

The e-petition, which was launched through the Facebook page Justice for Jade, will also call for changes to the law to allow police to prosecute dog owners for attacks which happen on private property.

Jade’s family has been angered by the possibility the owner of the dogs who attacked the 14-year-old in a house on Chaucer Grove may not face prosecution.

Should the petition, which will be launched on an official government website, reach 100,000 signatures it will have to be debated in the House of Commons.

The call from Jade’s loved ones for tighter regulation comes as half a dozen prominent animal welfare organisations have criticised the Government’s plans to scrap Dog Control Orders and replace them with sanctions under anti-social behaviour legislation.

The groups, which include the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust, say the existing legislation on dog control should be brought together in a dedicated bill in a letter to the shadow home affairs minister.

Ministers currently plan to abolish dog control orders and replace them with public spaces protection orders, which animal groups worry will make dog behaviour less of a priority due to the wide-ranging nature of offences covered by the orders.

Concerns were also raised about the possibility of untrained council staff or police community support officers having to issue orders and whether the new powers would do enough to clamp down on the specific problems of poor standards of dog owning and irresponsible behaviour.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The draft Bill is about giving victims, who often feel powerless, a voice. The new streamlined powers will be faster, more flexible and will allow professionals to seek to change behaviour.”