The mother of four-year-old John-Paul Massey, who was killed after being attacked by a dangerous dog, has called on the Prime Minister to change the law.
Angela McGlynn has spoken out just over two years after the horrific incident which left her son dead, in November 2009.
The boy's uncle Christian Foulkes, who was 23 at the time, admitted owning the illegal breed and was jailed for four months for the offence in 2010. Christian's mother, Helen Foulkes, 64, admitted a charge of keeping a dangerous dog and was also given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months and was also banned from keeping a dog ever again.
The dog, an American pitbull terrier, was on a list of dangerous breeds which forms part of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Ms McGlynn knew what type of breed the dog was, but claimed she was unaware of how dangerous they could be, particularly around young children.
Now she has written to Prime Minister David Cameron, requesting that a review of the law on dangerous dogs be carried out. She is requesting that the change include a provision for dangerous pets to be kept muzzled at home, as well as out in public.
"They should be muzzled around children under 12 because children over 12 can understand the dog's body language a bit more," said Ms McGlynn.
She added that muzzling dogs indoors as well as outdoors was the only way to stop them doing "any lasting damage".
The Prime Minister has replied to Ms McGlynn telling her that her proposals are to be taken into consideration. This comes at a time when dog laws are already being called into question after a rise in the number of attacks on postmen by dogs on private property.
Communication Workers Union general secretary Billy Hayes has said: "Thousands of dog-attack victims are currently not protected by the law, including many of our members who have to work on private property to deliver the mail or install broadband lines."
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