How to Get the Right Breed of Dog

American Staffordshire Terrier and a baby (photo representing)

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  • When a charming four-legged soul enters the house, most of us consider it an addition to the family.
  • Dogs are man’s best friend, but there are times when we have to be careful about the breed of the dog – especially when there are babies in the house.
  • A British family learned this in the most heartbreaking way. Here is more information on the UK Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

It can be such a heartbreaking incident for everyone involved. For the victim (who sadly passed away), the parents and family (whose grief will never end), the friends and neighbors who will feel the emptiness in their hearts after the loss, and the police who had to deal with the intricacies of the law so very unfortunate case.

Bella-Rae Birch, a one-year-old toddler ‘…died after being mauled to death by a ‘stocky staffordshire burrow or pit bull‘, tearful neighbors said Tuesday.

Bella-Rae Birch was just 17 months old when she was attacked at her home in St Helens, Merseyside on Sunday March 20. The child suffered fatal injuries after being attacked by the pet, which the family had only purchased a week earlier.

Neighbors said the family of four had lived in the house for about three years but had only recently purchased the dog. At around 3.50pm on Monday, Merseyside police were called to a house in St Helens following reports that a child had been attacked by a dog. The baby’s mother was crying and before paramedics arrived, the neighbor says she tried CPR to revive the baby.

Police and the North West Ambulance Service arrived on the scene and the girl was rushed to hospital. Baby Bella-Rae Birch died of her injuries shortly thereafter.

During the incident, the dog was handed over to the police at the address and was humanly destroyed. In accordance with UK Section 1 Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (as cited by Blue Cross), it is illegal to keep any or all of these four types of dogs as pets: Pit Bull Terrier, japanese tosa, Dogo Argentino, and FIla Brasileiro. It is against the law to own, sell, breed, give away, or give up any of these types of dogs.

In India, however, according to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) notification, the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) cannot ban residents from keeping pets in their apartments, even though this is supported by a majority. of residents. They also cannot restrict the breed of dogs allowed (for example – Large dog breeds such as Great Danes, Saint Bernard etc.). Yet, fortunately, incidents of family dogs mauling a child of the family to death are rare.

Dogs as therapy partners:

There is growing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play when it comes to mental health. A systematic search for studies (by the University of Liverpool – UK) exploring the role of companion animals in the management of mental health conditions was undertaken by searching 9 databases and undertaking a scoping review of gray literature from first registration to March 2017 suggests that pets provide benefits for people with mental health issues.

In the year 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, speaking while on the ‘Mann ki Baat‘, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the adoption of native Indian dog breeds like the Rajapalayam and the Caravan Hound.

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