Tragic Jade inspires awareness day

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THE death of tragic Jade Lomas-Anderson has inspired a second awareness day held as part of a major campaign which aims to cut the risk of dog attacks.

Dog owners will be able to get advice on looking after dogs and practical help such as free micro-chipping at the event at Pennington Flash Country Park in Leigh tomorrow (SUN).

It is part of Jade’s Campaign, which was launched following the death of the 14-year-old from Atherton who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in March.

The campaign was launched to encourage owners to be responsible and control their dog’s behaviour.

It is backed by Jade’s family and run by Wigan Council, Wigan and Leigh Housing, Greater Manchester Police and dog welfare charity Blue Cross.

Jade’s Campaign was launched in September with an awareness event in Atherton.

Hundreds of dog owners turned out to get advice on taking care of and controlling their pets.

During the event, 130 dogs were micro-chipped, 180 dog-owners were given expert advice and a professional dog trainer held 12 one-on-one training sessions with dog owners.

Tomorrow’s event takes place in the car park at Pennington Flash Country Park — a popular dog-walking area — between noon and 4pm.

Blue Cross will be offering free micro-chipping while dog owners will be able to get other tips and advice on being a responsible dog owner.

Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, said: “The first awareness day in September was a tremendous success and I’m sure the second event will be equally successful.

“The message we want people to understand is that if a dog isn’t cared for properly they can potentially become dangerous. We think this could be significantly reduced if people took better care of their dogs. That means making sure they get plenty of exercise and food, are kept in an appropriate environment and have clear behaviour boundaries.

“Some owners might have difficulty controlling their pet. We want to help them by offering advice and support. We’re also hoping to encourage members of the public to come forward if they think an owner is mistreating a dog or a dog is becoming dangerous.”

Since Jade’s death, her mum Shirley Anderson and step-dad Michael have led a high-profile campaign calling for tougher sentences for owners whose dogs attack people. They have been calling for a change in the law to tighten up the rules governing irresponsible dog owners.

The issue has been raised in the House of Commons by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling.

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