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Reassurance regarding Dangerous Dogs 9 January 2007

Following the tragic death of a young child in Merseyside and recent comment in the Press and on local radio, the Department of Local Government and the Environment has offered advice concerning Dangerous Dogs legislation.

The Department would advise that the Dogs Act 1990 is an Act of Tynwald which contains numerous provisions including those related to dogs causing danger, nuisance, etc. Unlike the legislation currently in force in the United Kingdom, there is no list of prescribed species of dog. The Dogs Act 1990 also contains provisions regarding dog licences, etc., and is enforced both by this Department, through the services of its contracted Dog Warden, and the Isle of Man Police. To date, the Act has been considered to be adequate by both agencies for dealing with problems associated with dogs, dangerous or otherwise.

John Shimmin, Minister for Local Government and the Environment said,

“Unlike the UK we do not need to prove by the use of DNA tests that the control of a specific dog falls within the parameters of our legislation. We have recognised for many years now that all dogs have the potential to be dangerous and we have the means to deal with them”.

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