More than 90 people admitted to Bradford hospitals due to dog attack injuries in 12 months (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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More than 90 people admitted to Bradford hospitals due to dog attack injuries in 12 months
9:40am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
More than 90 people were admitted to Bradford hospitals due to dog attack injuries in the 12 months up to May this year, a new report has revealed.
Figures compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that Yorkshire and the Humber had the second highest number of admissions in the country for dog bites or strikes between June 2012 and May 2013, a total of 925.
A total of 94 of these incidents involved victims receiving treatment in hospitals in the Bradford district, placing the district as the eighth most dangerous local authority area in the country in terms of dog attack risk.
Currently, attacks that take place on private property can not be fully investigated by police, but new legislation could see irresponsible owners facing a ten-year jail term should their animals cause serious injury.
Animal Welfare Minister Lord De Mauley said: “Dog attacks are terrifying, and it’s crucial that the laws we have in place act as a deterrent to stop such horrific incidents, regardless of where a dog attack takes place.”