Worst place in England for dog attacks is Wakefield in Yorkshire
14 Apr 2013 00:00
NHS data shows that Wakefield District Primary Care Trust in Yorkshire had 115 admissions to casualty for dog attacks during 2011-12
The worst place in England for dog attacks is the town where a baby was mauled to death by a rottweiler.
NHS data uncovered by the Sunday Mirror shows that Wakefield District Primary Care Trust in Yorkshire had 115 admissions to casualty for dog attacks during 2011-12.
That figure is up by 25 on the previous year’s 90 admissions, and works out at 35 visits per 100,000 people… more than anywhere else in the country.
In 2007 one-year-old Archie-Lee Hirst was attacked by a rottweiler at his grandmother’s house in Wakefield while his teenage aunt was babysitting.
Kara Hirst, 16 at the time, was also looking after her two younger sisters, aged six and seven. The huge 10-stone dog, snatched baby Archie-Lee from the seven-year-old’s arms as she carried him to the back door.
Kara tried in vain to fight the dog off and save her nephew but he later died in hospital. The dog was shot dead by a police marksman.
Only last month 14-year-old Jade Anderson, from Wigan was killed by four crazed dogs… and Wigan Primary Care Trust (PCT) is another area that’s seen a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital after dog attacks. In 2010-11 there were 57 admissions, rising to 65 one year on. That works out at 20 admissions per 100,000 people.
A close second in the “Worst 10” list is Middlesbrough in the North-East, with 34 assaults per 100,000 people in 2011-12.
Only last month the Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking story of how a man from the Grove Hill estate in Middlesbrough let his grandchildren play with his Staffordshire bull terrier even though he’d had to have a rottweiler put down after it bit one of them.
Andy Mills, 52, said of the Staffie: “This dog has killed two cats but she’s good with kids.” “Bloody idiot”
The area with the most total admissions for dog attacks is Leeds PCT, with 173 in 2011-12, working out at 23 admissions for every 100,000 people.
A total of 14 PCTs out of 151 in England reported higher rates than 20 per 100,000.
The data was collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre from every PCT in the country.
London and the south reported the fewest hospital admissions and the lowest rates of admission per 100,000.
Kingston in South West London and the Isle of Wight both had just six admissions last year – four per 100,000.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “The RSPCA has argued for many years that England’s current dog control legislation is flawed and needs urgent reform.
“The key is not to demonise breeds, but to focus on the actions of irresponsible owners. We want to see measures introduced that proactively attempt to prevent incidents.”
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- Hospital admissions for dog attacks jump five-fold in 20 years (independent.co.uk)