Animals – Dogs attack a third in England and Wales – Wikiwand

LONDON (AP) – The number of dog attacks in England and Wales has risen by a third over the past five years. In 2022, police recorded nearly 22,000 cases of runaway dogs causing injuries, reports the BBC. In 2018 there were 16,000 ads.

The number of dogs confiscated also rose by a third (36%) to 3,500 animals. During the same period, the number of dogs in the UK increased by only 15 percent.

Which could explain the increase in dog attacks

One reason for the increase could be close monitoring. The National Police Chiefs Council said police across the country had increased their focus on dog attacks. Expert Paul Jameson of South Yorkshire Police has also suggested a link with the coronavirus pandemic.

Some dogs have not received such good training, and others are not used to visitors. “It can affect the dog and create tension,” Jameson told the BBC.

So far this year there have been two fatal dog attacks against humans in England. A dog sitter was attacked in January, and a few weeks later a four-year-old was killed by a newly acquired pet.

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