Charity urges review of ban on particular breeds of dog
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is calling on the Government to review the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, saying current legislation is "flawed" and instead should target irresponsible owners.
The law - which banned the pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo argentino and fila braziliero breeds based on their physical appearance - was introduced 25 years ago this month.
Calling breed-specific offences in the act "particularly controversial", the report states it results in the "unnecessary destruction" of healthy and good-natured animals with "little added protection to the public".
Findings from a survey of canine behaviour experts, who were quizzed on the factors most likely to cause a dog to attack, have been released to coincide with the anniversary.
The report revealed 74% of professionals said breed was either irrelevant or only slightly important in determining aggression levels in dogs.