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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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Irresponsible dog ownership has 'serious impact' on communities

Animal Welfare Minister Lord Taylor says we've seen tragic instances of attacks by dangerous dogs, and irresponsible dog ownership has a serious impact on many of our communities. He says the clampdown sends a clear message that dog owners are responsible for keeping their animals under control.

"We are determined to crack down on people who fail to keep their dogs under control, and earlier this year we consulted on measures to do this including extending the dangerous dogs laws so they cover private property''

– Animal Welfare Minister Lord Taylor

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