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Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour's Shadow Defra Minister, has expressed his sympathy and concern for those Police Officers injured today during a police operation in Stratford, London. The five Police Officers injuries were inflicted by a pitbull-type dog, which was later shot dead. A man in his 20s has been arrested.Speaking after hearing the news he said:

“I was extremely saddened to hear the news that five Police Officers were injured by a dangerous dog during a police operation earlier today.  Incidents on a scale such as this are rare, but further highlight the need for action to be taken urgently to tackle dangerous dogs and irresponsible dog ownership.

“The Government has promised to announce by next Tuesday its proposals to ensure responsible dog ownership.  I sincerely hope they have listened to the 30 or so organisations - including the RSPCA, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, The Kennel Club, the CWU, the Police Federation and the Association of Chief Police Officers and others – and bring forward much-needed proposals to address this serious problem.

“Everybody has been waiting for the Government to decide what it intends to do since the consultation on irresponsible dog ownership ended in June 2010, and today’s sad events only reinforce the need for action now.”

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