Spokeswoman Jude Clay said: 'The RSPCA believes that a dangerous dog is not defined by breed....could possibly have prevented this:
'We believe that a lot of the issues related to dangerous dogs could be tackled with the introduction of a properly enforced dog licence which would raise funds to plough into problems such as injuries from dog bites, dog control and responsible pet ownership.'
The attack took place on Saturday when Joshua was at his grandparents' farm in Andoversford, near Cheltenham.Because I can't, for the life of me, see how this would not have happened had Farmer Giles had a piece of paper with Rossie's name and breed on it, having forked over yet more money to the government...
'Joshua was stroking the sheep dog, Rossie, when she jumped up and latched onto his face. Rossie pulled him to the ground and wouldn't release him,' Miss Mann said.