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Dangerous dogs
Dangerous dog owners face tougher penalties

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CHANGES to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came into force on May 13, extending the legislation to cover dog attacks on private property as well as introducing tougher penalties for irresponsible owners and a specific new offence of allowing a dog to attack an assistance dog.

The changes to the dangerous dogs legislation have been introduced through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on March 13. Under the amended legislation, the maximum prison sentences in England and Wales for allowing a dog to attack someone have now been increased to up to 14 years (previously two years) for a fatal attack; up to five …

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