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POLL: Do you agree with tougher sentencing for owners of dogs who attack?

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

Angry dog chained up in a garden

The new laws apply even if a dog is on private property

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From today, owners of dog who attack will now face longer prison sentences, including attacks on private property.

Those attacks that result in a fatality will now face being jailed for up to 14 years under new laws introduced today, and for injury it can now be up to five years - both of which have increased from their previous maximum of two years.

The changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act will protect postal workers and members of the emergency services who go to people's homes but if a dog attacks a trespasser, owners will be immune from prosecution under the new legislation.

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  • buster120  |  May 14 2014, 7:50PM

    @debbiebell. If you are referring to Pit Bulls then you are mistaken in your affirmation of them. The modern Pit Bull is far removed from the one used for bear baiting and is indeed a very good dog. They are not a fighting dog, it is breeders who breed these dogs to use this breed as fighters who have given them a bad name.

  • sammy4  |  May 14 2014, 5:01PM

    I am a dog owner and have been for years. I am all for the yellow dog appeal supported on face book, I also feel that dog licences should be brought back into use, even though I don't want to particularly have to shell out for being a decent dog owner but if that't what it takes then so be it.

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  • debbiebell  |  May 13 2014, 11:20PM

    When a bully dog attacks without reason and without warning, it is a "good" bully dog! They need no "training" to attack. Pit men just let their dogs mature and then they let them fight. Pits ARE misunderstood, by pit owners. They think that pits are normal dogs. Pits aren't normal dogs. Proof is with countless dogs from which to choose, all North American dog fighters choose PITS. Now that dog fighting is illegal, make breeding more fighting dogs illegal too.

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  • buster120  |  May 13 2014, 11:19PM

    All for tougher sentencing but do you really think the criminals and those who purposely turn their dogs aggressive will abide by the law? And why will a dog owner who's dog kills another person get 14 years yet if they kill another person themselves they will get a lesser sentence. Drink drivers who kill only get a short sentence. Our justice system is a mess and this will only make it even more so. At least the judiciary get to make more money.

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  • Stonemaiden  |  May 13 2014, 11:04PM

    What has BNP got to do with anything in the thinking World ?

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  • UnPaidWork  |  May 13 2014, 10:10PM

    there may be a election soon i would suggest very very predictable mr camoron ......BNP

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  • Stonemaiden  |  May 13 2014, 7:32PM

    I would like to see the whole issue of dog ownership tightened up. This does not go anywhere near to addressing a lot of the ignorance and cruelty that dogs experience which often results in them turning into dangerous dogs. As long as stupid people are still able to go out and buy dogs without any checks then we will still have dangerous dogs. Dogs are victims as well. Bring back the dog licence and make it self financing with no exemptions.

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