THE parents of a teen girl who was horrifically killed by four savage dogs have demanded tougher laws be introduced after a spate of fatal attacks.
Michael and Shirley Anderson tragically lost their daughter Jade, 14, after she was mauled to death by the hell hounds in March 2013.
Michael and Shirley Anderson want even tougher laws on dangerous dogs brought inCredit: Brad Wakefield – The Sun
Their daughter Jade, 14, was tragically mauled to death by four savage pets at a pal’s home in 2014Credit: Collect
The devastated duo were left “disgusted” when the owner walked free with a suspended sentence as it was only illegal to have an “out of control” dog in a public place.
Jade had been mutilated by two bloodthirsty bullmastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers at a friend’s house.
They began tirelessly campaigning for the government to tighten the laws around dog ownership after the fateful incident.
But they have been left appalled by the epidemic of animal attacks sweeping the country – seeing it dubbed “Dog Bite Britain”.
Six people – including four children – have been mauled to death by ferocious dogs already this year.
Michael, 43, and Shirley, 45, have now said “enough is enough” and want further legislation brought in to protect people from dangerous pets.
They branded the lax rules “an insult” to Jade’s memory as nine years on from her death, “nothing has changed”.
The pair feel their successful campaign to amend the law and make it illegal to keep disorderly dogs in private places as well as in public, has done little to stop the continuing tragedies.
Grief-stricken dad Michael told the Mirror: “This law is clearly not working. The amount of people dying is now beyond belief.
“We campaigned to change the law after Jade died, to make it a crime on private property too.
“At the time Defra told us the Dangerous Dog Act changes would just be a foundation and the law would be improved on.
“We didn’t get justice for Jade but we hoped we would stop other families going through our nightmare.
“But nothing has changed. It’s clearly not working and it’s an insult to Jade’s memory.”
The family, of Wigan, want an education programme set up – in their “perfect” daughter’s name – to teach children about the dangers of dogs.
They also called on No.10 to roll out safety campaigns, similar to the existing ones for fireworks and drink driving.
Michael believes the only solution to the snowballing number of incidents is “prevention and education” because “nothing seems to be working”.
Nothing has changed. It’s clearly not working and it’s an insult to Jade’s memory.
He hit out at greedy owners who deviously attempt to circumvent the law to continue to churn out in-demand breeds.
The 43-year-old continued: “There’s nothing more powerful when it’s in front of you and you’re watching it on telly.
“We have got to stop this madness and stop banning dangerous breeds. Any dog can be deadly.
“All they do is make these banned breeds a status symbol and they will cross breed to get around the law.
“We need to abolish banning these breeds as 90% of the time it’s the owner’s responsibility. Have a look at the families it has affected.
“We have lost Jade’s 18th, lost the chance of seeing her grow up. Her sisters and brothers have lost out, too.”
While still coming to terms with their own heartbreak, the couple’s first thought when hearing of another fatal dog attack is the victim’s loved ones.
‘WE WILL NEVER REST’
Michael sombrely warned: “They don’t know yet but they will be left in this constant nightmare.
“If I could stop just one family living this hell it would mean everything to us.
“We look at it every time on the news and think, ‘Wow, it’s happened again’. It’s a never ending story.
“But we will never rest until we see a change.”
Last month, three-year-old Daniel John Twigg was mauled to death by an out-of-control dog at a countryside house of horrors.
The animal-loving youngster sustained fatal injuries in the terrifying attack on May 15 in Milnrow, Greater Manchester.
A huge cane corso – an Italian mastiff breed that can weigh up to seven-and-a-half stone – was destroyed by cops.
Just over a week later, a 62-year-old man was savaged by an American Bulldog at a home in Wrexham, North Wales.
Keven Jones went into cardiac arrest after his daughter-in-law’s pet pounced on him – seeing him chillingly yell “he’s got me”.
Another toddler’s life was sadly taken due to the result of a vicious dog incident in Egdon, Worcestershire, on March 28.
The two-year-old died in hospital as a result of his injuries.
One-year-old Bella-Rae Birch was killed by an American Bully that her dad had bought only a week earlier – that “even an adult wouldn’t have stood a chance against”.
The tot died in hospital from her horrific injuries after the family’s pet dog in St Helens, Merseyside, attacked her.
The month of March was plagued by similar misery throughout – with another defenceless baby girl being killed by a Husky.
Three month-old Kyra Leanne King was mauled by the dog in a forest in Woodhall Spa, Lincs., and her parents were arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog which was out of control.
And at the beginning of this year, a man with Down’s syndrome was harrowingly torn to pieces by three raging pet bulldogs.
John William Jones, 68, was found dead in a country cottage in Lampeter, West Wales, after reports he was savaged by the dogs.
Their owner, a 51-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
Campaigners have been left exasperated by the spiralling dog attack crisis.
Daniel John Twigg was killed by a savage dog on May 15 in Milnrow, Greater Manchester
Bella-Rae Birch died in hospital following the dog attack in March