29-10-2013

Dangerous Dog Laws Revised

The clarification comes in response to MPs who are scrutinising proposals to update the law in England and Wales; where the government plans to extend the existing 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act to cover dog attacks in homes. Currently, the act covers only attacks by dogs in public places and private areas where animals are banned from being - such as a neighbour's garden or a park.

The change would extend the scope of the law to enable a prosecution to be brought against anyone whose dog injures someone, or acts aggressively, in a private place where they are permitted to be, such as the owner's home. But dog owners will not be able to be prosecuted if the victim was trespassing in their home.

More than 200,000 people a year are estimated to be bitten by dogs in England, based on research for the British Medical Journal.

If you would like assistance in relation to the legal status of your pets or their behaviour, call 01246 560 560 for further information.