Proposed 'Dangerous Dogs' Legislation that Could Affect All of Britain's 6 Million+ Dog Owners

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In a move to protect the victims of dog attacks, the Government has today proposed several sweeping amends to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, which would include making third party pet insurance mandatory for all dog owners in England and Wales.

In a move to protect the victims of dog attacks, the Government has today proposed several sweeping amends to the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, which would include making third party pet insurance mandatory for all dog owners in England and Wales.

With more than 100 people now being admitted to hospital every week due to dog attacks, and dangerous breeds considered status symbols by the UK’s gangs, it is clear that the number of dangerous dogs in Britain is on the rise. Yet the majority of responsible dog owners are likely to feel punished by this one-size-fits-all legislation.

In today’s difficult financial climate, the cost of pet insurance is likely to be seen by many, as an unwanted extra and one that should be covered by the owners of dangerous dogs, not the responsible owners of regular breeds.

As the face of leading pet insurance company Pet Protect and the owner of a treasured Golden Retriever ‘Toffee’, Catrina Skepper perfectly understands the dilemma faced by most of the nation’s pet lovers, but stresses that responsible owners should take comfort from the proposed legislation.

“No owner, myself included, is able to control the aggressive behaviour of another dog towards their own or prevent someone else from being harmed in this type of attack. Though it has been an extra expense, as a pet owner and a consumer advocate of pet insurance, I value the peace of mind knowing Toffee is insured and microchipped.. I feel safe in the knowledge that I am taking every possible step towards being a responsible pet owner and have prepared myself for every eventuality”, comments Catrina.

Providing this type of peace of mind and quality of life for dog owners is Pet Protect’s primary concern, which is why insurance plans from Pet Protect provide 3rd party liability, up to £2,000,000. As well as offering quality insurance, Pet Protect is also one of the largest global suppliers of micro chipping and is the lowest cost provider of microchip technology to vet clinics in the country. As a method of ensuring that dogs are identifiable and traceable at all times, micro chipping is the last word in peace of mind for pet owners. In light of the proposed legislation and to encourage the practice of micro chipping, all dogs and cats micro chipped and registered in Pet Protects Lost Pet recovery service can now benefit from a 20% discount on Pet Protect insurance policies.

Pet Protect Lost Pet Recovery Network currently holds 3.2 million cats and dogs worldwide.

http://www.petprotect.co.uk

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