OWNERS of dogs who are dangerously out of control could face 14 years in prison.
The Government is proposing increasing maximum penalties following a consultation this summer.
Currently, owners can be jailed for two years and face an unlimited fine for aggravated offences. Government proposals could see a 14-year jail term if a person dies as a result of an attack, five years imprisonment is a person is injured and three years imprisonment if an assistance dog either dies or is injuries in a dog attack.
Animal Welfare Minister Lord de Mauley said: “It is right that the punishments of those who allow their dog to kill or injure people or assistance dogs are proportionate to the horrendous impact dog attacks can have.
“We’re toughening up laws to ensure that anyone who owns a dangerous dog can be brought to justice, regardless of where an attack takes place.
“We’re also giving local authorities and the police new powers to nip issues in the bud and take action before a dog attack takes place.”
An amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act will be considered to enact the changes.
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