ul reminder of the
dangers posed by some breeds of dog. The specific circumstances of this devastating l
oss of a young life are yet to emerge.
But his grieving family will surely hope that
no other child will die in such horrific circumstances. The proliferation of such potenti
ally violent animals requires some new legisl
ation and there is a case for a modern-day dog licence. It was right to scrap the old 37p piece of paper in 1987
since it meant nothing. But a new self-financing scheme could set out t
and responsibilities of owners when they take on a dog. And it could lay down punishments if th
ey failed to meet those responsibilities properly. Of course it would not stop bad owners aloowing their dogs
to get out of control. But it could give the authorities new powers to act against them.