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Sharp rise in dog attacks

Liberal Democrats snap at government over 'worrying trend'

OnMedica Staff

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

The Liberal Democrats have called for a review of the Dangerous Dogs Act after revealing a 43% increase over four years of people being admitted to A&E because of dog attacks.

Hospitalisation of children and young people has risen by a fifth, with 58% more adults being admitted to A&E as a result of dog attacks over the same four year period. Overall, the number of hospitalisations from dog bites in the UK rose from 2,652 in 2002/03 to 3,787 in 2006/07.

“These are enormously disturbing figures,” said Lib Dem Health Spokesman Norman Lamb. “There is a worrying trend in some areas of using dangerous dogs as fashion accessories or, worse still, as weapons.”

The figures, released by the government in response to parliamentary questions from the Lib Dems, show that the problem is particularly bad in London. There has been a 119% rise in A&E A&E admissions for dog attacks on under-18s in the capital.

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