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You don't let your children go round biting others so why let your dog?

Published 22/10/2013 | 05:00

Dog breeds that are known to be dangerous should be outlawed
Dog breeds that are known to be dangerous should be outlawed

Would you let your child run on to the street with a carving knife when there were other children around? Unlikely. Why then would you allow a dog that could turn nasty to wander freely among children?

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A few weeks ago I took my children for a walk in a big park. Suddenly out of nowhere a huge dog came bounding over and jumped up on my four-year-old, knocking her to the ground. She was completely hysterical. He put his face up to hers and . . . thankfully licked it. But he could just as easily have bitten her.

I was furious. I looked around for the owner who came strolling over, full of good cheer. When I asked him through gritted teeth why he didn't have his dog on a lead, he said the poor dog needed a good run around!

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