Daily Doggie Tip #63

I have attached rather a long link, which contains the Governments response to the comments of a select committee of MP’s that were tasked with clarifying the proposed changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act. It is a bit of a long read, but worthwhile. The only positive change that I can personally see is that if your dog bites a burglar/trespasser in your house, then you are protected under the ‘Householder’ exemption. However, if the burglar/trespasser is outside on your land or in your garden and your dog bites, you have no protection under law.

The other biggest change is that if your dog is dangerously out of control on private property, then prosecutions can be made. There are also going to be tightening up of rules as to what defines ‘dangerous dogs’ and what happens even if your dog is only deemed to be dangerous.
These changes will very soon become law, so as dog owners, we all need to ensure that we keep up to date with all the changes.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmenvfru/637/637.pdf

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