MPs are Criticising New Dog Laws

MPs are Criticising New Dog Laws

The Government’s laws for dangerous dogs and reckless owners aren’t strict enough MPS have said.
Ministers have planned to make it a criminal offence if a dog attacks someone on private property. At present under the current Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 someone can not be prosecuted.
The move has been criticised saying that this hasn’t progressed quickly enough.
People who have campaigned against the law feel that efforts to deal with aggressive animals has been insufficient.
Figures show that yearly over 200000 people are attacked by dogs in this country.
At present the law protects people from being attacked in public places and private areas where dogs aren’t allowed to go.
Ministers want to change the law so that if someone is attacked in someone’s home (a private area) the dog owner can be prosecuted.
The proposed law change would also make it a criminal offence for attacks on assistance dogs. If someone is attacked whilst trespassing the owner’s will not be prosecuted.
The MPs want classification if it is an offence if someone has been attacked when trespassing with “innocent intentions”. For example if a child needed to retrieve an item of theirs from a neighbour’s property.
The environment cross committee are calling for further classification about how people would be affected if a dog was attacked on surrounding areas to the properties questioning whether paths and outside buildings would be encapsulated in the law.
They want minsters to introduce rules that the Scottish government implemented in 2011 which allowed local authorities to take control of dog-related crimes – for example breeding of illegal breed owners and training of the breeds.
In the past six years there have been eight fatal dog attacks on private property.

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