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Still Progress To Be Made Regarding Dangerous Dogs

The new sentencing guidelines for those convicted of dangerous dog offences are a positive step forward.  However, I would still like to see the Government reconsider their proposal for compulsory insurance on dogs - something they had announced back in March 2010.

There are a staggering 200,000 dog bites in the UK each year which often leave victims with permanent physical and psychological scarring and often no course for compensation as the owners do not have any insurance to meet any claim. 

Responsible dog owners have nothing to fear in respect of the new sentencing guidelines as they are the people who ensure that their dogs are cared for properly and controlled.  It is a sad fact that some people who own dogs do not take responsibility for them, or indeed chooses a particular breed to use for attacks or dog fighting. 

Anyone who has concerns about irresponsible dog owners should report it immediately to the Police.  Often, attacks go unreported, which means there is no evidence of an owner’s irresponsibility and no way of identifying owners who need educating on how to control a dog.