Dogs Owners Whose Pets Have Killed People in Attacks Could Face Life Sentences

Dogs Owners Whose Pets Have Killed People in Attacks Could Face Life Sentences

Owners of Dogs Who Have Killed People in Attacks Could Face Life Sentences
The Owners of dogs that have attacked and killed someone could be looking at life in prison for new proposals for England and Wales.
The maximum prison sentence for letting a dog which kills or injures someone to be dangerously out of control is currently two years.
The government have put forward sentencing options for fatal dog attacks in new proposals.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 currently protects those attacked by dogs in public places and private areas where dogs aren’t allowed to go.
This announcement follows on from news in February that ministers were trying to change the law so that prosecution could be bought against an owner if their dog attacks someone or behaves aggressively in a private place.
The government have started consultation which will end September 1 this year looking into new law proposals. The jail term that has been suggested under this consultation ranges from 3 to 10 years maximum. Prison sentences will be dependent on the situation for example if an animal injures a person or kills a guide dog.
Last month the families of Jade Anderson and John Paul Massey who both died due to dog attacks visited Downing Street with a petition to take more preventative measures to stop the attacks from happening.
Due to dangerous dogs there are around 210000 attacks and 6000 hospital visits annually.
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Read about the dangerous dog petition here

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