Owners of killer dogs could face life imprisonment

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

Vicious dog
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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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.