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New dangerous dog laws

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.

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Magistrates back new dangerous dog guidelines

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

– Peter Chapman, chairman of the Magistrates' Association sentencing committee

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