Battersea responds to Shop a Dog campaign

Tuesday, 4th October 2011

Although there are many responsible owners who invest in dog food and keep their animal on a collar and lead, some animals are regarded as dangerous.

However, News Shopper has now launched a campaign named Shop a Dog, which aims to prevent dog attacks across south-east London and north Kent by publishing pictures of victims.

The campaign has said that four breeds in particular - Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero - are dangerous.

In response, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has said it is "disappointed" at the campaign as it is not breeds that are dangerous, rather training and socialising that is the responsibility of the owner.

Any dog can be aggressive when they are in the wrong hands but, in the right environment and with the right owner ... [they] can make wonderful, loyal and loving pets," Battersea wrote in a letter to the publication.

"Your campaign is fuelling the abuse and abandonment of a much-maligned breed which does not deserve its negative reputation."

The charity added that it has been lobbying for a change to the Dangerous Dog Act to place emphasis on the owner rather than the dog, noting that current breed specific legislation does not address the issue of "status dogs".