MP says ‘shame’ dog law hasn’t changed after Jack Lis’ death

A year after the death of Jack Lis, who died after being attacked by a dog in Caerphilly, the local MP has pledged to continue campaigning for better laws against dangerous dogs and owners.

Jack Lis was 10 when he was mauled by a dog at a home in Penyrheol, Caerphilly on November 8 last year. He later died of his injuries.

Caerphilly MP Wayne David said it was “a terrible disgrace” that the laws had not been changed to prevent further tragedies.

Tragedy has rocked the Caerphilly community and led to a thorough review of UK dangerous dog laws.

But a year later, Mr David said any progress in Parliament had stalled amid the turmoil of recent months at Westminster, a period in which there had been three prime ministers.

“After Jack’s death, I got an adjournment debate on the floor of the House of Commons about the death of Jack and the inadequacy of the dangerous dog law,” Mr David told the Argus. “There was an encouraging response from the minister at the time, but not much has happened since.

“The government continues to examine the views of academics and professionals on the issue of dangerous dogs.

“But political instability in government has contributed to their failure to come forward with proposals to change the law.

“It’s a terrible shame because I believe there is an emerging consensus on how the whole approach to dangerous dogs, and dogs in general, should be changed.”

Two people were imprisoned after Jack’s death.

Brandon Hayden, 19, and Amy Salter, 28, had both pleaded guilty to charges regarding their role in the tragedy.

Hayden had admitted to owning a dog that was dangerously out of control, causing injuries leading to death.

Salter, of Llanfabon Drive, Trethomas, pleaded guilty to being responsible for a dog that was dangerously out of control causing injury leading to death.

The animal, an American Bully or XL Bully dog ​​named Beast, was shot dead by armed police following its attack on Jack.

UK dangerous dog laws prohibit the ownership and breeding of specific types of dogs. Currently, there are four dog breeds on the prohibited list – the pit bull terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasileiro.

But Mr David says the laws should be updated to make it imperative that all dogs are properly trained, regardless of breed.

“Most people now accept that it is inappropriate that only four dog breeds are listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act,” he said. “And that doesn’t include the type of dog that killed Jack.

“Instead, there shouldn’t be a list of certain dogs, which will always have exceptions, but there should be a ‘comprehensive’ approach to ensuring that ‘all’ dogs are properly trained.

“It would be up to the owners to make sure all the dogs are not a threat.

“I will continue to campaign until the law is changed.”