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Staffordshire bull terriers should be sterilised after dog mauled woman to death, Peta claims

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 12/02/2021 Telegraph reporters
a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Keira Ladlow © Provided by The Telegraph Keira Ladlow

Staffordshire bull terriers should be sterilised after a dog mauled a woman to death, Peta has claimed.

Keira Ladlow, 25, was killed in Birmingham last week after her dog attacked her as she slept. West Mercia Police said the pet, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, would be put down following her "tragic" death.

Peta, the animal rights charity, has now insisted more must be done to prevent future attacks.

Elisa Allen, the charity's director, said: "The way to prevent more attacks is to stop these types of dogs from being bred.

"As they're often born only to be abused by 'macho' men - something which is best achieved through anti-breeding legislation and sterilisation.

"It is of the utmost urgency that we take these steps to protect humans and other animals."

In 2018, Peta submitted a response to the government’s consultation on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, supporting the ban on breeding pit bulls and similar dogs and arguing that it should be extended to Staffordshire bull terriers.

This would make it illegal for the breed to be sold and Britons would only be able to keep them if they were neutered, muzzled in public and kept on a lead at all times.

However, the charity received a backlash from dog lovers, who argued that Staffordshire bull terriers are "loving, loyal, caring and far from dangerous".

Activist Steve Quinn, who gathered more than 160,000 signatures for a petition opposing the ban, said: "It would be a terrible tragedy for the dog lovers of the UK to lose the right to own one of these great companions."

Tom Hardy, the Peaky Blinders actor and a prominent supporter of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, appealed for help to rehome a litter of seven-week-old Staffordshire bull terriers in 2018.

The puppies had been abandoned in a park in Battersea, south west London.

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