Basildon Council welcomes dog law

Basildon Council welcomes dog law

Basildon Council welcomes dog law

First published in Echo News

A COUNCIL has welcomed a change in the lawwhich means that irresponsible dog owners will face harsher sentences.

Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act, which came into force on May 13, will also mean dog owners can now face prosecution if their pet attacks a person in their home or on any private property, except if they attack a tresspasser.

Maximum sentences have also got tougher, including up to 14 years for owners if their pet carries out a fatal attack, and five years behind bars for causing injury.

Basildon Council’s animal control officer, Sarah Moran, said: “Dog attacks can have horrific consequences for victims and families and I hope these changes help encourage owners to be more responsible and will reduce attacks in the future.”

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5:16pm Wed 21 May 14

the25man says...

Should be interesting to see the first case after Postman bitten.
Should be interesting to see the first case after Postman bitten. the25man
  • Score: -1

5:53pm Wed 21 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I've always thought that if you live in social housing you shouldn't be aloud to have a dog
Most houses that have a dog. Is always a mess scratched and chewed doors
But they don't care because the tax payer pays
I've always thought that if you live in social housing you shouldn't be aloud to have a dog Most houses that have a dog. Is always a mess scratched and chewed doors But they don't care because the tax payer pays Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

6:37pm Wed 21 May 14

Speedysnail says...

About time all dogs are muzzled in public too. And make it illegal for people to breed dogs without a license to do so.
About time all dogs are muzzled in public too. And make it illegal for people to breed dogs without a license to do so. Speedysnail
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Wed 21 May 14

Nebs says...

Who will be responsible for bringing cases to court, the council, the police, or the injured party, or will each expect someone else to do it.
Who will be responsible for bringing cases to court, the council, the police, or the injured party, or will each expect someone else to do it. Nebs
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Wed 21 May 14

LexyGirl says...

I'm not wishing to sound horrible here but normally people with ghastly dogs are those that have made the dog that way, just like children, dogs need to be loved and raised properly. I feel sorry for the dogs really ;((
I'm not wishing to sound horrible here but normally people with ghastly dogs are those that have made the dog that way, just like children, dogs need to be loved and raised properly. I feel sorry for the dogs really ;(( LexyGirl
  • Score: 5

9:12pm Wed 21 May 14

Stamper2 says...

Seems they have got their dog bowls full up with this one - how will it be enforced? There are a lot of gypo types around Basildon and Laindon - always with pitbulls / rotweliers. Who is going to enforce the law with these halfwits? We cannot even rely on the police - they are are shut in the weekend or evenings in Laindon!
Seems they have got their dog bowls full up with this one - how will it be enforced? There are a lot of gypo types around Basildon and Laindon - always with pitbulls / rotweliers. Who is going to enforce the law with these halfwits? We cannot even rely on the police - they are are shut in the weekend or evenings in Laindon! Stamper2
  • Score: 0

10:20pm Wed 21 May 14

emcee says...

Nebs wrote:
Who will be responsible for bringing cases to court, the council, the police, or the injured party, or will each expect someone else to do it.
As it would be an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act it would be the police's responsibility to gather evidence for the CPS who would then decide whether or not to prosecute. However, this in no way guarantees that prosecutions will happen, especially where the police and CPS are involved.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Who will be responsible for bringing cases to court, the council, the police, or the injured party, or will each expect someone else to do it.[/p][/quote]As it would be an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act it would be the police's responsibility to gather evidence for the CPS who would then decide whether or not to prosecute. However, this in no way guarantees that prosecutions will happen, especially where the police and CPS are involved. emcee
  • Score: 3

7:08am Thu 22 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Speedysnail wrote:
About time all dogs are muzzled in public too. And make it illegal for people to breed dogs without a license to do so.
I'd muzzle some of the owners too, by the look of them.

And dog owners who don't put a basket behind their letter box to catch their mail need sorting as well. They should be subjected to the law in the same way.

Why should the postman have to suffer having his fingers bitten while on the course of duty.

Of course dogs should be able to attack intruders but postmen and people delivering leaflets and newspapers shouldn't be subjected to that.
[quote][p][bold]Speedysnail[/bold] wrote: About time all dogs are muzzled in public too. And make it illegal for people to breed dogs without a license to do so.[/p][/quote]I'd muzzle some of the owners too, by the look of them. And dog owners who don't put a basket behind their letter box to catch their mail need sorting as well. They should be subjected to the law in the same way. Why should the postman have to suffer having his fingers bitten while on the course of duty. Of course dogs should be able to attack intruders but postmen and people delivering leaflets and newspapers shouldn't be subjected to that. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

7:09am Thu 22 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Tresspasser"?

Subs?
"Tresspasser"? Subs? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

7:23am Thu 22 May 14

NoNameOrHaveI says...

What about the honest law abiding travelling community that lives amongst us and their horses and the recent fatality and injuries they have caused.
What about the honest law abiding travelling community that lives amongst us and their horses and the recent fatality and injuries they have caused. NoNameOrHaveI
  • Score: 2

8:10am Thu 22 May 14

pembury53 says...

Speedysnail wrote:
About time all dogs are muzzled in public too. And make it illegal for people to breed dogs without a license to do so.
what ? like those that breed kill dogs are going to give a t*ss about getting a licence.....it's not really about the law, its about enforcement. how many 5 and 15 year sentences, as described above, do you think will be handed down ? i can tell you now, none, ever....
[quote][p][bold]Speedysnail[/bold] wrote: About time all dogs are muzzled in public too. And make it illegal for people to breed dogs without a license to do so.[/p][/quote]what ? like those that breed kill dogs are going to give a t*ss about getting a licence.....it's not really about the law, its about enforcement. how many 5 and 15 year sentences, as described above, do you think will be handed down ? i can tell you now, none, ever.... pembury53
  • Score: 1

11:15am Thu 22 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"Tresspasser"?

Subs?
Up periscope.....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Tresspasser"? Subs?[/p][/quote]Up periscope..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

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