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Onus on owners

A new Dog Control Bill designed to tackle irresponsible dog owners - rather than the breed - has successfully passed its second stage in the House of Lords today. Liberal Democrat Peer Rupert Redesdale outlined before the Lords his intention to introduce major changes to current dangerous dog legislation, which is widely considered to be one of the most ineffective pieces of government legislation ever brought into force. These changes include:

  • More emphasis on the owner’s responsibilities  
  • Legislation will no longer be breed specific
  • Attacks which take place on private property would also become a criminal offence.