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Dangerous dogs
Defra publishes Bill to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act

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A DRAFT Bill to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act and extend the legislation to cover dog attacks on private property was published by Defra on April 9.

The Government announced plans to amend the legislation in February, when it also announced that all dogs will have to be microchipped from April 6, 2016 (VR, February 16, 2013, vol 172, pp 168, 170).

Among the measures outlined in the draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill is an extension of the law to include all private property, meaning that owners could be prosecuted if they fail to stop their dogs attacking someone on their own or someone else's private property. This, the Government says, will give protection to healthcare, postal and utility workers who visit private property in the course of their job. There …

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