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Haringey is participating in this consultation about dangerous dogs
DEFRA are currently consulting on proposed amendments to sentencing powers under the Dangerous Dogs Act and are seeking responses by 1st September 2013.
Cllr Watson and I will be sending a response to the consultation on behalf of the council and Officers are currently working on this. I am forwarding you the details as you may also wish to respond to the consultation yourself.
The consultation can be found:
A summary of what is proposed below:
Why We Are Consulting
The Government consulted on a range of measures to encourage responsible dog ownership in 2012 and published a summary of results and the way forward on 6 February 2013.
Those measures include extending the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to private property and providing protection from prosecution for householders whose dogs attack intruders in the home. The amendments to the 1991 Act are before Parliament at the moment as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (clauses 98 and 99).
In considering that Bill, the House of Commons considered an amendment to the 1991 Act to increase the maximum sentence for an aggravated dog attack, which currently stands at a maximum of 2 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both. The amendment proposed to increase this maximum penalty to life imprisonment.
Cllr John Bevan
Cabinet Member for the Environment