Govt Proposes New Sentencing For Fatal Dog Attacks

New proposals for England and Wales could see owners of dogs that attack and kill face a life sentence in prison.

Currently, the maximum sentence is two years for those convicted of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control.

Under proposals put forward by the government, a range of new sentences would be available, from seven years to life.

Some critics however, have said that more needs to be done over fatal dog attacks.

The current Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, only provides for dog attacks in public places and private areas that dogs should not be, a neighbours garden for example.

A public consultation over new legislation is being held until September 01.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 May 2014
Owners To Face Longer Sentences Over Dog Attacks
Irresponsible dog owners who allow their dog to attack people or assistance dogs will face tougher prison sentences from today, Tuesday. Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act will also mean dog owners can now face prosecution if their dog attacks a person in their home or on any private property, except if they attack a trespasser.
29 October 2013
Jail Terms Increased For Dog Attacks
The jail term for owners of dogs that kill has been increased to 14 years, under new laws being introduced by the government. Under the law the jail term for the owner of a dog that injures someone will also be increased to five years, up from the current two.
16 May 2013
New Tougher Dog Laws 'Do Not Go far Enough'
MPs have said new laws aiming to tackle the threat of dangerous dogs do not go far enough. Currently the law, dating back to 1991, only covers dog attacks in public places or places dogs are restricted from being. The planned new law would make it a criminal offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control on private property also.
22 September 2014
Twenty Dogs Die In East Yorkshire House Fire
Humberside Fire and Rescue have confirmed that twenty dogs have died in a fire in East Yorkshire. It is understood that a fire broke out at the home of a private dog breeder on Graingers Road, Hornsea, at about 19:00 on Saturday.
11 June 2012
Rise In Attacks On Guide Dogs
Attacks on guide dogs by other dogs have reached a new high of more than eight a month, according to the charity, Guide Dogs.