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Consultation on Dangerous Dogs

In the news this week, a consultation has been launched about what the punishment should be for owners of dogs that attack and kill someone. 

The current maximum prison sentence for allowing a dog that kills or injures someone to be dangerously out of control is two years.

Under the Government consultation, people will be asked to select the most appropriate sentence for a fatal dog attack ranging from seven years to a whole life sentence. 

The current legislation, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, only covers attacks by dogs in a public place and a limited number of private areas. 

Also as part of the consultation, increased punishments will be considered for a dog owner whose animal injures a person or kills an assistance dog, with a range from 3- 10 years as a guide.