Solicitor calls for ban on Japanese dog breed Dec 12 2006
Paul Rowland, Western Mail
A CAMPAIGNING Welsh solicitor has called on the Government to ban an exotic breed of dog after they were involved in a spate of attacks on children.
The Japanese hunting dog, or akita, is proving increasingly popular among owners in the UK, despite a tendency towards violence, particularly towards young people.
The breed was originally used to hunt bears in Japan, and is regarded among dog experts as being prone to unpredictable behaviour.
A teenage girl in Hartlepool suffered serious arm injuries after being mauled by one of the dogs last week, in a case reminiscent of an attack last year on a toddler near Carmarthen.
Two-year-old Anna Knuckles was left needing more than 100 stitches, after the dog pounced on her outside the house of her neighbours in Llansteffan in June last year.