Tougher Penalties Loom for Owners of Aggressive Dogs

Tougher penalties

The United Kingdom is currently seeking public input on adopting tougher penalties for dog owners who fail to restrain their pets from harming others.

Currently, dog owners in the UK aren’t held liable for attacks that occur on their property. The new proposal seeks to modify the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 to hold dog owners accountable for attacks on their property while simultaneously protecting the owner from prosecution if the attack occurs against an intruder in the home.

An increase in penalties for dog attacks is also being considered. Maximum penalties currently include up to 2 years in prison and an unlimited fine. The new proposal seeks to modify the maximum prison term to include life imprisonment.

To read more about the proposed modifications to the Dangerous Dogs Act, click here.

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