Calls for tougher rules on dog attacks on horses

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The British Horse Society has called for more to be done to reduce the number of dog attacks on horses by promoting responsible pooch ownership.

It is calling on the government to make amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act so it includes offences that take place on private, as well as, public land.

These suggestions come as the government is in consultation about changes to dangerous dog laws in the UK.

It is looking into the possibility of making microchipping compulsory and to see owners becoming more culpable for dog attacks of people and other animals.

Former chairman of the Epping Forest Riders Association told Horse and Hound that dog control orders in the London area will ensure that pooches are kept on leads in public spaces.

Mark Weston of the British Horse Society was quoted as saying: "If our recommendations are taken on board, it would be a step in the right direction."

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