The East Belfast Assembly Member said: “Two years ago I highlighted the urgent need for government to strengthen dangerous dogs laws. The government have done nothing in this period to tighten this legislation.
“At the moment humans and livestock are protected by these laws, but other dogs which are attacked are not covered by them.
“The loopholes in this law must be closed to ensure that adequate provisions exist on dangerous dogs.
“Its time to crackdown on owners who do not keep their dogs under control. The current legislation is far too lenient on the people who let dangerous dogs run wild.
“We should not have to wait until someone else is attacked by a dangerous dog for the government to wake up to this problem and act to strengthen these laws.”