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New dog laws introduced to protect the public

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 24/10/2014   Category: Blog

From Monday 20th October dog owners will now face fines of up to £20,000 if they do not take the correct steps to prevent their dog from being a threat to the general public.

As the new laws come into place, from Monday authorities across England and Wales will have more power in ensuring dog owners have control over their dogs. They will be able to demand that owners train their dogs, muzzle them and have the necessary microchips. They will be able to fine dog owners up to £20,000 if the owners don’t follow the required steps.

This is the latest change in the law after earlier this year it was made possible to prosecute a dog owner on private property for attacking another human. Prison sentences were also increased as the government are trying to take action to decrease the amount of dog attacks. Dog owners now face a maximum of 14 years in prison if their dog fatally attacks another human, 5 years for an injury and 3 years for an attack on an assistance or guide dog.

People are now pleased with the new measures being taken to protect the general public and other dogs from violent or aggressive dogs.
Shaun Davis, Royal Mail director of safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability, said he was “pleased” with the measure.

A manual will be released alongside the new legislation to help guide local and police authorities. The national policing lead for dangerous dogs, Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard, said: “The practitioner’s manual gives police officers and other practitioner’s clear guidance on how to best implement the legislative changes, especially the early preventative measures such as community protection notices, to help prevent more serious events occurring in the future.”It also provides a platform to share good practice between police forces and partner agencies and it will form part of the ongoing training of dog legislation officers across England and Wales.”

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