Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447300274 Published December 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781447316206 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Unleashed

The Phenomena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs

Simon Harding

Simon Harding

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

286 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2012
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447300274 Published December 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781447316206 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Drawing on evidence from both sides of the Atlantic, Simon Harding explores the culture of the status dog in Unleashed. In housing projects in the United States and United Kingdom, certain dog breeds convey status—authority, respect, power, and control—on their owners, while urban street gangs have developed the dangerous practice of training dogs to be weapons. Combining perspectives from sociology, criminology, and public policy, Harding contextualizes these related phenomena and considers the complex mix of factors motivating them, including urban deprivation, social control of public space, and the influence of media imagery.

Ian McParland | IPC Dog Services
“This book uncovers the truth behind the urban mythology of ‘status’ dogs. Combining practical insight and academic rigour, it is essential reading for anyone attempting to deal with the phenomenon.”
Anthony Goodman | Middlesex University
“This book explores the hidden world of young men and gangs and their desire for dangerous or aggressive dogs, while providing fascinating sociological insight and commentary on this recent phenomenon.”
Contents
List of figures and tables
List of abbreviations
About the author
Acknowledgements
Foreword by David Grant, Director, RSPCA Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital
Introduction

1. Methodological challenges of researching status dogs
2. Who let the dogs out? The new phenomenon of status dogs
3. Status dogs: myth or menace?
4. Motivations and characteristics of owners
5. Presenting the evidence
6. Off the chain: the issue of dog fighting
7. Implications of status dogs in public space
8. Responses to the issue of status dogs
9. Conclusion

Bibliography
Appendix A: Dangerous dog legislation, controversies and debates
Appendix B: Status dog data from RSPCA, MPS and research findings
Appendix C: Disposals of status dogs by Metropolitan Police Service
Appendix D: Legal costs
Appendix E: Defra consultation, 2010
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