The number of court cases involving attacks by dogs in England has risen by 62 per cent, a report revealed on Monday.
There were 718 cases brought against dog owners or handlers in magistrate courts from June to December last year, compared with 444 during the previous six months.
Over the same period, the number of successful prosecutions increased by 71 per cent, with lawyers securing 553 convictions compared with 325.
The figures lay bare the menace of dangerous dogs and come alongside a rise in hospital admissions for bites.
From March 2014 to February this year, there were 7,227 admissions for dog bites or attacks, up 6.5 per cent on the previous 12 months. The number has risen by 76 per cent in England in the past ten years, from 4,110.
Cases such as that of 11-month-old Ava-Jayne Corless, who died in February last year after being mauled in her sleep by a pitbull-type dog in Blackburn, have led to a to a toughening-up of the law.
Figures showing the rise in prosecutions were released by the Royal Mail as part of its annual dog awareness week, which aims to encourage responsible ownership.
On average eight postmen and women a day are set upon by dogs across the UK with more than 2,960 attacks taking place from April 2014 to April 2015.
One, Claire Millen, 32, was bitten five times by a mongrel when it pounced on her during her morning round in Liverpool, injuring her ankle and leg.
‘I was in hysterics, with blood streaming down my legs,’ she said.
TV presenter Paul O’Grady, an ambassador for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said many bites could be avoided if owners trained their dogs better.
He said: ‘It’s our job as good pet owners to make sure we treat our dogs with love and respect but also take the right steps to ensure they have safe and happy interactions.
Source: Daily Mail