Michael and Shirley Anderson’s daughter, Jade, was vandalized and brutally killed by two Bullmastiffs and two Staffordshire Bull Terriers at a friend’s house in 2013
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A couple whose daughter forced a change in the Dangerous Animals Act after the dog attack insists more needs to be done.
Michael and Shirley Anderson spoke out after hearing that six people had already been killed by family pets this year, saying “enough is enough.”
Their daughter Jade died after being attacked by two Bullmastiffs and two Staffordshire Bull Terriers at a friend’s house in March 2013.
Back then, it was only illegal to keep a “runaway” dog in a public place. Michael, 43, and Shirley, 45, have campaigned tirelessly for this to be changed to include private places.
It came into effect a year after Jade’s death.
But after the recent tragedies, Michael said: “This law is clearly not working. The number of people dying now is unbelievable.
“We campaigned to change the law after Jade died to make it a crime for private property as well.
“At the time Defra told us the changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act were only a basis and the Act would be improved.
“We didn’t do justice to Jade, but we hoped that we would prevent other families from living through our nightmare. But nothing has changed. It clearly doesn’t work and it’s an insult to Jade’s memory.
“We need to stop this madness and stop banning dangerous breeds. Any dog can be deadly. All they are doing is making these banned breeds a status symbol and they will crossbreed to circumvent the law.”
Michael from Wigan wants an education program to be set up – on Jade’s behalf – to warn children about the dangers of dogs. He would also welcome government safety campaigns similar to those for fireworks and drink driving.
Michael added: “Nothing seems to be working. We need to start with prevention and education.
“There is nothing more powerful when it is in front of you and you watch it on TV.
“We need to end the ban on these breeds because 90% of the time it is the responsibility of the owner.
“Look at the affected families. We lost Jade’s 18th, we lost the chance to see her grow up. Her sisters and brothers lost too.”
Whenever the grieving couple hears about another dog attack, their first thought is of the victim’s family.
Michael said: “They don’t know it yet, but they will be left in this constant nightmare. If only I could stop one family from living this hell it would mean everything to us.
“We look at it every time on the news and we’re like, ‘Wow, it’s happened again. It’s a never ending story.’ But we will never rest until we see a change.”
Michael recalled the devastation when he and Shirley were told by a neighbor that Jade had been attacked.
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He said: “The police have just said that there has been a situation with Jade and that she has died.
“I kind of knew she was gone because of the look on my neighbor’s face earlier.”
Paying tribute to his daughter, Michael added, “Jade just brightened the room.
“She was very loving, very supportive and very committed to her family. She would do anything to help anyone, Jade was the perfect daughter.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/couple-who-lost-daughter-horror-27115767 Couple who lost their daughter in a dog attack want tougher laws as 'enough is enough'