The “lovable” pup spends his final hours playing with RSPCA workers before he had to be put down. (Article by Mirror) – Watch the video below article.
A dog spent his final hours playing and having fun before being put to sleep due to an “outdated and ineffective” law.
Bailey had his life ended because of how he looks – but today, the government said it would not commit to changing the law.
The RSPCA wants a change to the Dangerous Dogs Act – also known as breed specific legislation (BSL) – after putting to sleep 81 dogs in 2017 due to their appearance.
RSPCA chief veterinary officer Caroline Allen said: “Bailey was a lovely, friendly, happy dog. He was gentle and kind, playful and fun-loving.
“In any other circumstances we’d have helped him get better, sent him to one of our rehoming centres and found him a wonderful family to spend the rest of his life with.
“But Bailey’s life was tragically and unfairly cut short due to BSL.”
Dr Sam Gaines, RSPCA dog welfare expert and lead author on the Breed Specific Legislation: A Dog’s Dinner report, said: “Bailey’s story is heartbreaking and, sadly, it’s one I hear all too often.
“These are dogs who have shown no signs of aggressive behaviour and given no indications that they would be unsuitable for rehoming.
“They pose no risk to public safety but are labelled ‘dangerous’ simply because they look a certain way.
“They’ve scored a certain number of ticks on a check list and that has sealed their fate.
He was one of 81 dogs put down due to BSL last year (Image: RSPCA)
BSL is an outdated, ineffective and unjust piece of legislation that urgently needs replacing.
“We need to change this law not only to save the lives of thousands more dogs like Bailey, but also to better protect public safety.”
The RSPCA and other welfare organisations and charities are calling on the Government to repeal the law and replace it with something that better protects public safety and dog welfare.
They also want there to be more focus on early intervention with dogs who demonstrate concerning behaviour – no matter their breed – and on educating people, particularly children, how to be safe around dogs.
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