New dog laws to protect your local postie
The recent changes to the law mean that owners need to ensure that their dogs do not bite or display threatening behaviour towards people whilst in the home. Before the amendment, dog owners could face criminal prosecution only if their dog had displayed aggressive or threatening behaviour towards a person in a public place.
The decision to extend prosecution to incidents that occur on private property coincides with other tougher dog laws brought in as part of the amended Dangerous Dogs Act. Under the new law, owners whose dogs attack a person could face up to five years in jail - up from the previous maximum of two.
Owners whose dog kills someone could now go to prison for up to 14 years.
Simon Wright comments “The new rules are mainly designed to protect postmen but will mean that every owner will need to reassess their dog’s behaviour and dogs may need additional training on how to behave at the front door”.
If you are injuredin a dog attached and would like assistance in relation to a personal injury claim, call Simon on 01246 560 560 for further information.