My Weapon Is A Dog Review: Woof Woof Bang Bang
MY WEAPON IS A DOG, Thursday 21st May, BBC3, 9pm ALERT ME
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the park…
The thought that half the population of the UK now carry knives and would happily stick you for asking the time is bad enough, but scarier still is the idea that the latest weapon on the high street has a heartbeat and a mind of its own.
No, I’m not talking about those marching knives from Fantasia but the latest must-have accessory sought out by those looking for instant street-cred and respect: the dog.
DJ and presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams takes to the streets to meet the young men and women who own potentially lethal canines to find out whether they are being used as the new weapon of choice in inner cities, and what he discovers is rather disturbing.
The most common breeds of dog being used as status symbols are Staffordshire Terriers, Mastiffs and Bull Terriers and, according to the RSPCA, the number of banned breeds such as Pitt Bulls being bought and sold in the UK is also on the rise. This worrying trend means that more and more people are buying dogs as a fashion accessory yet very few of them know how – or even want – to control these dangerous animals.
In his report Haywood-Williams meets a victim of a savage dog attack as a child who still bears the scars today. He also meets the other casualties of backstreet breeding operations – the dogs themselves. Where demand for certain breeds is high some dogs are literally being turned into breeding machines to satisfy the market.
With an easy on-screen presence and relaxed interviewing technique, Haywood-Williams is a good choice for presenter. Where a lesser interviewer might have been intimidated by the kind of people featured in the programme, Haywood-Williams doesn’t hold back on asking difficult questions and probing the motives for owning such a breed of dog, more often than not revealing the stupidity or ignorance of the owners.
Being a dog lover myself I found the scenes of cruelty to animals particularly hard to watch, but overall the programme paints a picture of a disturbing new trend which needs regulation, not just for the well-being of the animals but of the general public too.