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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Tougher approach 'will serve as a reminder' to dog owners

Trevor Cooper, legal consultant for the Dogs Trust, says this tougher approach should serve as a stiff reminder to dog owners to keep their pets under proper control and to behave responsibly.

He says the new guidelines will encourage courts to focus on the key factors of culpability of the owner and the amount of harm to the victim.

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