Pressure building for new dog rules

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WIGAN Council has wholeheartedly backed plans to support an awareness campaign about dangerous dogs.

The tragic death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson in Atherton earlier this year sparked a campaign led by councillors, Greater Manchester Police and MP Julie Hilling, working alongside Jade’s parents, to emphasise the importance of responsible dog ownership.

At the latest meeting of the full council, Coun Norman Bradbury submitted a motion calling on Wigan and Leigh Housing to review their tenancy agreements.

But Coun Kevin Anderson proposed a new motion incorporating all areas of the borough and that motion was voted through.

Coun Karen Aldred said: “It is an offence and insult to members to suggest nothing has happened. A lot of work has been done on the Justice for Jade campaign.”

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling presented a petition to parliament calling for tougher legislation on dangerous dogs with Jade’s parents.

The borough-wide campaign aims to make people aware of the importance of responsible dog ownership. It will focus on choosing the right breed, caring for dogs and how to report any problems or concerns.

Awareness days will be held in Wigan and Leigh.