RSPCA visits Northamptonshire school to help keep children safe following dog attack

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A visitor from the RSPCA has been to a primary school in Daventry to teach children about how to stay safe around dogs.

Dave Allen, an education officer from the charity, went along to The Grange School on Monday to take an assembly offering advice to youngsters.

The event was organised by the MP for Daventry Chris Heaton-Harris following the tragic death of six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon in October.

The baby was attacked by an illegal breed of dog while she was being looked after by a relative at her home on the Timken estate in Daventry.

Mr Heaton-Harris said: “I was very pleased with how the event and the talk went.

“I think the pupils were very excited with the talk the RSPCA did and the difference it made.

“Obviously it follows on from the attack in Daventry just before Christmas and I was debating as the MP for the area what I could do to make something positive out of what was a terrible tragedy.

“I was talking to an RSPCA person at Westminster and I happened to mention this problem and it was around the time that the charity was looking to launch its own campaign so from there we could get them to go into schools and spread the message of staying safe around dogs.”

Mr Allen told the youngsters about the conditions that dogs need to be happy and secure. He also gave them warning signs to look out for when they were unhappy, which may make an animal more likely to lash out.

Mr Heaton-Harris said: “We have written to every single primary school in Daventry asking if they would like a visit from the RSPCA to talk about this issue.

“We will be going to St James Infant School on Monday and hopefully dog owners of the future will be able to stay safe around the animals and prevent something like this from happening in the future.

“There was things that I didn’t know about staying safe around dogs and hope it will make a difference to the pupils.”