Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 4 - 2021
The Dangerous Dogs Act - Are We Barking Up the Wrong Tree?
Jordan Robery1, Anami Gour2*, Nicholas Prince2 and David Cohen3
1Paediatric Registrar, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, United Kingdom
2Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
3Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Barnet Hospital, London, United Kingdom
*Corresponding Author: Anami Gour, Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.
Received: July 22, 2020; Published: March 31, 2021


Dog bites disproportionately affect young children and can cause significant injury and distress to the child and family. Despite introduction of legislation in 1991 (which was revised in 2014), dog bites continue to feature prominently in the media and dog ownership remains unregulated.

This paper identifies the failure of the Dangerous Dogs Act to reduce the number of dog bites in children. And fails to reduce the number of deaths due to dog bites per year. Furthermore, it identifies an evidence-based alternative approach to the reduction of bites in children through dog licensing, the proceeds of which are used to fund education for dog owners and children.


Keywords: Dog Bites; Young Children; Dangerous Dogs Act


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Citation: Anami Gour., et al. “The Dangerous Dogs Act - Are We Barking Up the Wrong Tree?”. EC Paediatrics 10.4 (2021): 79-86.

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