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Owners of dangerous dogs face jail


Monday December 19th 2011

Tougher jail sentences could be handed to people with dangerous dogs that cannot be controlled, under new proposals from the Sentencing Council.

New guidelines for judges could give them the power to issue two-year jail terms to those whose animals harm others in public due to a lack of control.

The new guidance may also help to provide compensation to victims of dog attacks and ensure dangerous animals are put down if they are deemed to be a risk.

The measures would also prevent owners of dangerous animals from keeping dogs in the future.

Sentencing Council member Anne Arnold said appropriate sentences need to be handed out to irresponsible dog owners.

She added: "Our guideline gives guidance to courts on making the best use of their powers so that people can be banned from keeping dogs, genuinely dangerous dogs can be put down and compensation can be paid to victims."

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