Long delighted at Hank the dog case resolution

Alliance MLA Naomi Long has said the case of Hank the dog shows the need to change laws surrounding dangerous dogs here.

Speaking following news Hank was likely to be released next week following a ruling by Belfast City Council, East Belfast MLA Mrs Long said breed-specific legislation for dogs is wrong and needs to be removed.

“As a dog owner, I know only too well the suffering Hank’s owners Leonard and Joanne must have gone through since he was taken from them. I have been in contact with them and know they will be absolutely delighted by this news.

“I have long argued for the need to change breed-specific legislation and indeed remove it entirely if possible. The focus should be on the deed, not the breed. It is not acceptable that a dog who has now been found to be no threat to the public could have potentially been put to sleep because of an outdated law.

“I will be writing to the Minister to encourage her to look at this issue as soon as possible so we can prevent similar situations from developing in future.”

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