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What’s behind the rise in dog attacks? – podcast | News

What’s behind the rise in dog attacks? – podcast | News

Deaths and serious injuries sustained in dog attacks are rising rapidly in the UK. So far this year seven people have been killed in such incidents. For years the average was stable, at about three deaths a year, but something has changed recently. During the Covid pandemic, dog ownership rose sharply as people took on pets as companions. But that’s only part of the story.

The reporter Simon Usborne tells Nosheen Iqbal the increase in demand for dogs allowed unscrupulous dealers to enter the market and sell to unsuitable owners. There are also new breeds to contend with: the American bully, a type of bulldog, has become notorious for a seemingly disproportionate involvement in serious incidents. There are calls for the breed to be banned.

But Carrie Westgarth, a professor in human animal interactions at the University of Liverpool explains that there is no hard evidence to prove some breeds are naturally more aggressive than others.

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Presented by Nosheen Iqbal with Simon Usborne; produced by Alex Atack and Solomon King; executive producer Homa Khaleeli

Published: 2023-06-12 02:00:07

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