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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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New sentences for dangerous dog offences

Sentences for people who allow a dangerous dog to injure someone:

  • The offence will now have a starting point of six months in jail
  • Where appropriate, judges will be encouraged to consider up to 18 months
  • The top of the sentencing range for possession of a prohibited dog has been set at six months custody

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