Are dangerous dogs are safety risk? That is the question many people will be asking after new legislation comes into effect next week. The laws are aiming to help protect the public and ensure their wellbeing from dangerous animals.
The measures include fines of up to £20,000, mandated training, chipping and muzzling. Owners of dangerous dogs also face lengthy prison sentences – up to 14 years – if convicted of offences involving their animal.
Lord de Mauley, Animal Welfare Minister, said: “Dog attacks are devastating for victims and their families which is why we are taking tough action against those who allow them to happen.”
Postmen and women should also be able to breathe a sign of relief – around nine postal workers per day are attacked by dogs.
The new measures should help improve safety. Healthcare training could also be beneficial to help deal with emergencies resulting from dangerous dogs.