2014 Dangerous Dog Laws All Dog Owners Should Know About
If you are a dog owner then you should know about the recent changes to the law. The government are getting tougher on dangerous dogs and things have got a lot more serious for . Eight adults and 13 children have lost their lives to dog attacks since 2005. The number of people requiring treatment for dog attacks increased by 6% in 2013/2014 from the previous year.
Dog attacks are constantly featured in the news which makes the public more fearful. Often it is the owners that let their dogs down by not keeping them under control and taking the necessary precautions. So what do you need to know? The law changed in May 2014 and here are the main changes you should be aware of:
- There are tougher punishments for owners and anyone who is responsible for a dog. That means that if any incident occurs, anyone who is looking after the dog could be liable. This includes dog walkers, dog sitters or friends looking after dogs.
- You can now get prosecuted if your dog attacks or threatens someone on your own property. The law now includes incidents on private property as well as in public.
- Your dog doesn’t necessarily have to bite someone to be out of control. If someone feels threatened by your dog because of their behaviour you could get in trouble. Defined by section 10(3) DDA, ‘On any occasion on which there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person, whether or not it actually does.’ They could simply growl or jump up at someone you could potentially be prosecuted.
- There has been a new law introduced for attacks on assistance dogs. It is a criminal offence for your dog to attack and injure an assistance dog.
- Prison sentences have been increased for some offences. If someone dies as a result of being injured by a dog then the person in charge of the dog at the time can get up to 14 years in prison. You can get up to five years if your dog injures another person and up to three years if they injure an assistance dog.