Britain's obsession with pets notwithstanding, some dogs' bites are worse than their barks.
Figures provided by the Conservatives show that 100 people are being hospitalised every week because of dog attacks. Convictions for people allowing out-of-control dogs to injure others have more than doubled under Labour.
There's no doubt it's a problem which needs to be addressed. But when looking at the way politicians deal with the issue we mustn't ever forget they've got one eye on the coming general election.
Arguably the only politician who can be trusted to comment on the issue without electioneering is Betty Williams, Labour's Conwy MP who is standing down at the election.
She literally bears the scars from her experience with this issue. Last September she fell victim to an attack by a Rottweiler which bit her right forearm.
While not disfigured, the marks are still clearly visible. She's been told they'll be there for life. She has trouble cutting meat with that arm,Read More »from Muzzling the dangerous dogs debate