Against a backdrop of an increasing number of dangerous dog attacks; Sheffield Labour Councillors have called on the Government to act ‘without delay’ to implement the ban on XL Bully dogs.
Reports show 9,000 people a year are admitted to hospital with severe dog bites — up from 7,500 in 2017 with an estimated cost to the NHS of £71 million. As reported in the Sheffield Star; South Yorkshire Police figures show more dangerous dogs were destroyed last year than the three previous years put together. And this year 29 young children aged 5 and under, including a baby under the age of one, have suffered attacks by dogs ‘dangerously out of control’.
Speaking up for residents, key workers and council staff, Cllr Tom Hunt, Leader of Sheffield Council said:
“I’ve been appalled by recent attacks by out-of-control dogs. Powerful, aggressive dogs like XL bullies are causing serious harm and creating fear. The Government needs to get on and ban them as quickly as possible. People want action to make our streets safer and protect lives.”
“Untrained, poorly bred dogs put the public at risk. If you have concerns about a dog in your area, please contact the Police immediately.”
Cllr Mike Chaplin, Labour Councillor for Southey Ward and former postman, said:
“I’m a former postman and I’ve seen the life-changing impact that dog attacks can have. Key workers including care workers, delivery drivers and postal workers are some of those at greatest risk of dangerous dog attacks.”
“In the past five years, 1,000 post workers have had fingers bitten off or amputated because of dog attacks through letterboxes. We need action to keep people safe.”