Tougher dog crime sentencing

Owners of dangerous dogs which attack people in public will face stiffer penalties, including up to 18 months in prison. It's part of a Government clamp down on irresponsible animal owners.

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Magistrates Assoc welcomes tougher guidelines for dog owners

Chairman of the Magistrates Association Sentencing Committee, Peter Chapman is welcoming the new guidelines. He says The Sentencing Council has listened and responded to many of its members' concerns about sentencing cases involving dangerous dogs.

''For the first time, magistrates will have all they need in one document to help them sentence the offender, disqualify them from future dog ownership if appropriate, order compensation to the victim and order destruction of the dog if necessary''

– Peter Chapman, Magistrates Assoc Sentencing Committee Chairman

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