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Article TitleRussia still has no law to control keeping of dogs of dangerous breeds
Author(s)Lyudmila Alexandrova
SourceITAR-TASS Daily , October  11, 2011
Place of PublicationMoscow, Russia
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Russia still has no law to control keeping of dogs of dangerous breeds

Author: Lyudmila Alexandrova

MOSCOW, October 11 (Itar-Tass) -- The tragedy that occurred in the Kuzbass town of Maizas on October 1 has shocked Russia. Two fighting dog bit an eleven-month-old boy to death, when he due to adults' neglect approached their booth. After that, the baby's grandmother hanged herself, blaming herself for what happened.

The governor of the Kemerovo Region, Aman Tuleyev, suggested that tougher penalties, including criminal liability, should be introduced for dog owners in the event of attacks on people. "In some countries, fighting breeds are prohibited. Why do not we go follow this path? Rifled firearms are prohibited. And fighting dogs are virtually weapons," said Tuleyev.

In Russia, attacks by dogs of fighting breeds on people, often ending with the infliction of serious injuries or even death, occur regularly. Most often, children or very old people fall victim to attacks by aggressive dogs. In May this year a six-grade schoolgirl, who was walking about a playground, was attacked by a bullmastiff dog. In late April, in Taganrog, a pit bull bit to death an 84-year-old woman. In February in St. Petersburg, a 94-year-old woman was killed by a Staffordshire terrier, owned by her granddaughter. In November 2010 an 85-year-old woman died in hospital in Krasnodar after being attacked by two pitbull dogs.

Over the past two years, the media have made public more than a dozen similar cases. And, as a rule, the owners of dogs attacking people do not agree to putting their pets to death. The breeding and keeping of dogs of not only fighting breeds, but also conventional ones in Russia, in contrast to the situation in most developed countries, is under no legal control.

The sole draft federal law On the Responsible Treatment of Animals, which spells out the rules regarding "dangerous" dogs remains suspended, says Novyie Izvestia. After the first reading in the State Duma it exists today in three ...

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