Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Calls Grow to Set Up Death Courts for Dangerous Dogs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Calls Grow to Set Up Death Courts for Dangerous Dogs

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent

SPECIAL courts to speed up orders to destroy dangerous dogs could be set up in London.

Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse is lobbying ministers over courts that would force dogs to be put down within 72 hours of being seized. The move comes after two schoolgirls were savaged by a "weapon dog" during a PE session in a south London park.

The children, aged 12 and 13, were taken to hospital after being bitten on the leg by the crazed animal in South Norwood Recreation ground. It is the latest in a string of London attacks.

Metropolitan Police Authority chairman Mr Malthouse said: "We need to speed up the disposal of these unfortunate animals; it not only costs a fortune to keep them but it is not fair on the animals. If we do release them they do not come out as nicer animals."

He said specialist courts could process destruction orders for animals within 72 hours. The call for special courts comes after one leading police authority member urged police to destroy dangerous dogs rather than pay the [pounds sterling]10 million cost of keeping them in kennels. …

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