The authorities have announced new moves to deal with the problem of dangerous dogs in Switzerland. The federal veterinary office said it was setting up a working group on Monday to coordinate policy.This content was published on November 13, 2000 - 09:18
The announcement comes just days after the first death in Switzerland directly caused by a dog. A 33-year-old Brazilian woman drowned on Friday after jumping into a river in Zurich to escape a Doberman, which was attacking her.
The director of the federal office, Hans Wyss, confirmed reports in the "SonntagsBlick" newspaper that a working group was being set up to include representatives of federal and cantonal authorities.
"The aim is to draft a model law which can then be applied in all 26 cantons," Wyss said.
The move appears to have been triggered by Friday's meeting of cantonal police chiefs, which issued a call for a federal law to regulate ownership of fighting dogs.
It follows a spate of attacks by dogs, including Pitbull terriers, Rottweilers and Dobermans.
Earlier this month the veterinary office set up a hotline for people concerned about the problem. It has so far received nearly 300 calls, mainly from dog owners.
swissinfo with agencies
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