Dangerous Dogs Legislation Changes Given Royal Assent

Extension Of Current Laws To Close Loophole


Changes which will see the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 extended to provide greater protection to victims of dog attacks have been given Royal Assent.

Amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 have been described as the first major changes to regulations on the issue in more than 20 years and will close a loophole which means owners whose dogs are involved in attacks on private property can be prosecuted.

In addition, irresponsible dog owners will also faced longer sentences in relation to attacks by such animals, with the ultimate aim of providing better protection to workers and the general public affected by attacks in the past.

Now expected to be introduced in May, the Royal Assent for the changes has been welcomed by organisations including the Communication Workers Union, which represents more than 200,000 postal and telecommunication workers and has led its own ‘Bite Back’ campaign on the issue.

The changes given Royal Assent are part of a wider package of measures announced by the government last year, including plans to make microchipping of all dogs compulsory in England from April 2016.