Jamaica Observer:– SENATOR Kerensia Morrison says the Government needs to give urgent attention to amending legislation to include effective penalties, including criminal prosecution against dog owners for negligence in incidents of vicious attacks on citizens.
Introducing a motion at yesterday’s sitting of the Upper House, the Government senator said the provisions of the 1877 Dogs (Liability for Injuries By) Act have proven insufficient to encourage vigilance and discourage neglect.
She said consideration should also be given for legislation to be enacted for the regulation of dog ownership, such as the registration and grading of dogs, particularly for known aggressive breeds.
Morrison pointed to continued attacks on people despite years of public outcry, with such attacks sometimes resulting in serious injury. With the cost of recovering damages proving prohibitive for some victims, greater vigilance for those with responsibility for dogs may reduce the incidence of such attacks, Senator Morrison said in a resolution.
In recent years, there have been increasing reports of attacks on people by dogs, and increasing outcry for successive governments to intervene with regulations governing the ownership of these animals.
Just days ago, in a Jamaica Observer interview, Wesley Daley, who said he was pounced on and seriously injured by a cross-breed German shepherd dog, pleaded with the Government to amend the archaic legislation.
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