Government plans tougher sentences for dog attacks

The Environment Secretary announced plans to increase the maximum prison sentence for dog owners whose pet is involved in a fatal attack. Credit: PA Wire

The Government plans to increase the maximum prison sentence for dog owners whose pet is involved in a fatal attack to 14 years, the Environment Secretary said.

Owen Paterson said the Government also proposes raising the penalty for the owner of a dog which causes injury to a victim to five years.

In a written ministerial statement, he said there would be a maximum three-year sentence if a guide dog is killed or injured by a dangerous dog.