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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.

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Postman's union praises tougher sentences

The postman’s union has welcomed Government proposals for longer prison sentences for owners of killer dogs.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which also represents telecoms engineers, praised the Government’s consultation on the laws surrounding out-of-control dogs.

Vicious dogs injure around 5,000 postmen and telecoms workers every year, say the CWU Credit: PA

Dave Joyce, the union's health and safety officer, said: "Current sentencing arrangements do not match the serious nature of offences. Sixteen people have been killed since 2005 by dogs, yet the maximum prison sentence is just two years.

"Only one person has ever been imprisoned for a dog attack on a postal worker and as the fatality rate from dog attacks grows, sentencing must get tougher."

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