– Steve Goody, director of external affairs at animal welfare charity Blue Cross
The campaign to reform the current Dangerous Dogs Act has been dragging on for some 20 years now. We feel that there is an urgent need for preventative action, or dog attacks will continue to increase. We believe the introduction of useful, practical measures could be used specifically to target irresponsible dog owners before an attack happens.
New guidelines will be introduced today bringing tougher punishments for owners of dangerously out of control dogs which harm others public places. The tougher approach could see sentences of up to 18 months in prison.