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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.
From today, owners can be imprisoned for up to 18 months, fined up to £5,000, and banned from keeping dogs for life, while the dogs can be destroyed or ordered to be muzzled or neutered.
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Owners of dangerous dogs will face tougher sentences under new Sentencing Council guidelines