Owners at fault of dog attacks face longer jail terms

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Tougher penalties have been introduced in England and Wales this week for dog owners guilty of allowing attacks on people and working guide dogs.

The maximum prison sentence for an attack on a person is five years, up from a maximum of two. Guide dog attacks could mean a three year prison sentence.

Animal Welfare Minister Lord de Mauley said: “Irresponsible dog owners will not only face longer prison sentences, but will also be liable for prosecution regardless of where an attack takes place, even in their own home.”

Under the new laws, police can have dogs muzzled in public and the preventative measures also extend to sending owners to dog training classes.

“An attack on a guide dog can be devastating. It can rob someone with sight loss of their independence and freedom, leaving them virtually housebound.” said Guide Dogs CEO Richard Leaman.

Read the full article on the BBC News Website.

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