Child safety campaign aims to help reduce dog attacks

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YOUNG children are to be taught how to stay safe around dogs as part of new campaign being launched next year to reduce the number of dog attacks.

Every Year 1 student in the Island will have the opportunity to learn to recognise when a canine is likely to become aggressive and the best way to respond as part of the 'Speak Dog and Stay Safe' initiative.

Although not directly linked, it follows an attack in April by a Husky-Alsatian cross on a six-year-old girl who was playing outside a friend's home.

Figures released just months before the attack by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the organisation behind the campaign, revealed that the Accident and Emergency department treated 49 children for dog bites between January 2009 and June 2011.

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