What’s The Point In More Legislation When The Authorities Don’t Enforce The Existing Laws?

A pensioner was hospitalised for three days after a crazed dog bit straight through his hand – and then savaged his beloved West Highland terrier.

It was the second time that Henry Torz, from Kingstanding, had been attacked by bull terrier cross Bruno.

Yup, of course, the authorities did the usual nothing when faced with a dangerous dog.

On the first occasion, officers warned the animal’s owner to keep the dog under control.

Now the 66-year-old has slated the punishment dished out to Sharon Reding by Birmingham magistrates.

Reding, 43, admitted allowing her pet to be dangerously out of control and was handed a six-month conditional discharge by city magistrates.

She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

She must also keep the animal muzzled in public.

So what’s the point in passing new legislation when the State is lackadaisical, inconsistent and slapdash about excercising their existing powers?

4 comments for “What’s The Point In More Legislation When The Authorities Don’t Enforce The Existing Laws?

  1. Errol
    November 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I’ve a much bigger dog than a bull terrier. He’s a Newfoundland.

    He is only dangerous when he moves away from the door he’s sitting in front of as a draught excluder.

    A person who owns a bull terrier is a thug. That’s an unfair aspersion on the breed, but their genetic role is as a combat and guard dog.

  2. November 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Gee, it’s a difficult one, isn’t it. Agree with Julia and Errol here but what to do when owners are responsible in their control of their dogs?

    We come back, do we not, every single time, to classical liberalism as the only logical political position – freedom unless it impinges on someone else’s freedom. In real terms too, not the victimhood crap the left comes out with.

    And to police that, it needs sane and proportionate magistrates, which the one above is not. I mean, what does it take to actually get someone sane into the judiciary for once?

  3. Ed P
    November 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Slightly off topic, but does the victim receive the “£15 victim surcharge”? Or is it another hidden tax like “booking fee”?

  4. November 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Personal damages. Perhaps it is time that everyone had a personal insurance for any and everything. Anyone who makes a claim – such as the chap injured by someone’s dog – they can get just and reasonable compensation. (And the miscreant’s premiums go up).

    It could be an effective deterrant to false allegations too. Insurance companies are far more likely to demand prosecution of a fraudulent claimant.

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