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Police Launch Campaign Following Alarming Rise of Dog Attacks

08 October 2014

UK - Police have been forced to launch a campaign focused on responsible ownership following a three-fold increase on the number of dog attacks in the past year.

Since January, 31 offences have been recorded to date under the Dangerous Dogs Act in Stevenage, compared to 11 offences recorded for the same time period in 2013.

Officers hope to educate people about responsible dog ownership in line with changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act, which came into force earlier this year.

Sergeant Manjit Khela from the Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood team, who is launching the new campaign told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “A dog does not have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law, a dog jumping up on someone could constitute an offence.

“A dog can be dangerously out of control even if it is on a lead. The correct level of control needs to be exerted over the dog to ensure it does not go on to injure another dog or person.

“If a dog bites a person, it will be seen as being dangerously out of control, however even if the dog does not bite, but gives the person grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies."

While owners need to be fully aware of all the changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act, the biggest difference from now on is the Act also covers incidents on private property in addition to public spaces. This includes your own house and both front and back gardens.

In addition:

  • It will now be an offence for your dog to attack an assistance dog (Guide Dog, Hearing Dog etc).
  • Prison sentences will be increased for those convicted of some offences
  • Police or an appointed local authority now have powers to seize a dangerously out of control dog in a private place. The existing legislation already covers public places.

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor



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