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Brown announces support for dog owners after attacks

Brown: 'We will do everything in our power to make sure it does not happen (again)'.

Dog owners are to get extra advice and support, Gordon Brown has said, in response to concerns about the handling of potentially dangerous animals.

Mr Brown told MPs that it was important that dog owners were aware of the risks that certain breeds posed and that they were equipped to deal with them.

The announcement comes a week after a four-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog at a family home in Liverpool.

Many MPs have criticised existing regulations governing dog ownership.

At prime minister's questions, Mr Brown announced extra advice and training for those owning certain breeds identified as posing a particular risk.

Many MPs regard the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, which was supposed to prevent attacks by dogs on their owners and families, as flawed.

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