While tougher sentencing can act as a deterrent for some irresponsible owners on its own it will do little to prevent dog attacks.

Further we are concerned that the package of measures, including this latest proposal about sentencing, could compromise dog welfare as well as some dog owners abandoning their dogs leading to our centres and others picking up the pieces.

We have long called for genuine early intervention and preventative measures to try to prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place.  Working with dog owners and encouraging them to be more responsible is likely to have a better result for both people and dogs.

Find out more about our campaign work against irresponsible dog ownership.

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