NO TRUCE ON DOGS
By Nigel Nelson
AN amnesty to let owners hand in illegal pitbull dogs has been scuppered by the RSPCA.
The animal charity disagrees with the banning of breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act and is refusing to help by taking in surrendered pets.
Police stations also have no kennels to house them. The RSPCA said: "We're an animal welfare charity and wouldn't get involved in enforcement.
"Dangerous dogs laws were rushed through. It's not the dog to blame, but how a pet is treated."
Ministers were keen on a nationwide truce after five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson was mauled to death by a pitbull in St Helens, Merseyside.
But in a new Whitehall fiasco, Mr Reid and Environment Secretary David Milliband cannot agree who is responsible for dangerous dogs.
Mr Milliband claimed it was a police matter, while Mr Reid insisted it was an animal issue. Shadow Home Secretary
David Davis said: "No department can enforce the law. No department can even take a decision. Laws are useless without leadership."
Mr Reid was under fire this week after it was revealed crimes committed by Britons abroad went unrecorded.
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