Police and local authorities were granted new powers to tackle irresponsible dog ownership on October 20. The aim is to use early intervention measures such as Acceptable Behaviour Contracts and Community Protection Notices to prevent future dog attacks.
Every now and again someone connected with the media takes the decision to rehome a pet from an animal charity. Like many people, their expectation is that with so many animals needing homes, rescue centres will be falling over themselves to thrust a lead or cat basket in their hand. The reality proves somewhat different as they discover there are procedures to follow to a greater or lesser extent so they put pen to paper.