Dogs are assessed by the Dangerous Dogs Act as it is an offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, as untrained and aggressive canines have been known to cause serious and even fatal injuries to other animals and members of the public. If the owner of a dangerous dog is found to be guilty in court, they can face fines or a prison sentence and be banned from owning a dog again.
In the USA, human fatalities related to dog bites rose from 22 in 2004 to 33 in 2009, with over 60% of these thought to have been caused by the Pit Bull Terrier. A report in 2000 by the Centres for Disease and Control concluded that 25 different breeds of dog were responsible for nearly 240 fatal bites in just 20 years with the following being considered to be the most dangerous:
Our kitties are one of our most loved and treasured family members but did you know that more than 700 of the common plants that we fill our houses and gardens with actually contain substances which can be highly toxic to cats, some even having fatal consequences.
Sometimes it is the whole plant that can be poisonous, where as with others it is just one part (such as the bark, leaves, pollen, stem or the plant's roots). Here is a list of the top ten houseplants which can be extremely harmful to our moggies and should be avoided.