Animal welfare minister Lord de Mauley says it is only right that irresponsible dog owners should face tough prison sentences.
Dog attacks can have horrific consequences for victims and families and it is only right those responsible should face tough punishments.
Irresponsible dog owners will not only face longer prison sentences, but will also be liable for prosecution regardless of where an attack takes place, even in their own home.
This will give protection to those who provide vital services in the community - postal workers, nurses, utility workers - as well as people visiting family and friends.
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