Killer dog owners could face life

Owners of killer dogs could receive life sentences for failing to control their vicious pet – a massive leap from the current maximum term of two years - under new Government proposals.

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Toddler bitten by dog

A toddler is being treated in hospital after being bitten by a Rottweiler dog in Rotherham.

Police have started an investigation into what happened in Rawmarsh this morning.

The two-year-old girl, whose identity is not being disclosed at this stage, has serious injuries to her head and leg.

She was initially taken to Rotherham District General Hospital and has since been transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The dog involved is believed to be a family pet. It was on a lead at the time of the incident and was in the company of the two year old girl and an adult female relative.

The dog has been taken to a secure kennel facility whilst police enquiries continue into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The girl's condition has this evening been described as stable and not life-threatening.

Dog victim's family welcome plans for life jail terms

The stepfather of a teenage girl mauled to death by a pack of dogs has welcomed proposals for life jail terms for owners of killer canines, but has warned more needs to be done to prevent an "epidemic" of attacks sweeping the country.

Her stepfather Michael Anderson, 34, said plans for higher sentences for irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to attack members of the public was "going down the right path".

Dog attacks have been going for years and it has got worse and worse and worse. A quarter of a million people were attacked last year alone, this has reached epidemic levels.

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Postman's union praises tougher sentences

The postman’s union has welcomed Government proposals for longer prison sentences for owners of killer dogs.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which also represents telecoms engineers, praised the Government’s consultation on the laws surrounding out-of-control dogs.

Vicious dogs injure around 5,000 postmen and telecoms workers every year, say the CWU Credit: PA

Dave Joyce, the union's health and safety officer, said: "Current sentencing arrangements do not match the serious nature of offences. Sixteen people have been killed since 2005 by dogs, yet the maximum prison sentence is just two years.

"Only one person has ever been imprisoned for a dog attack on a postal worker and as the fatality rate from dog attacks grows, sentencing must get tougher."

Owners of killer dogs could face life imprisonment

Drastic new sentences could be handed down to owners of killer dogs under new Government proposals.

Owners of vicious dogs could be put in prison for life under new proposals. Credit: PA

Owners could receive life sentences for failing to control their vicious pet – a massive leap from the current maximum term of two years.

The proposals come after a spate of recent dog attacks, including 14-year-old Jade Anderson who was mauled by four dogs when she visited the home of a friend near Wigan earlier this year.

Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley said: "Dog attacks are terrifying and we need harsh penalties to punish those who allow their dog to injure people while out of control."

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