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Posted 6 October 2016

Who let the dogs out?

On 1 July 2016, new sentencing guidelines were introduced for offences involving dangerous dogs to reflect changes made by the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the Act”). The Act extended the law to cover dog attacks that occur on private property and introduced a new offence to cover attacks on assistance dogs.

The guidelines introduced in July 2016 cover:

  • Dogs dangerously out of control in any place where death or injury is caused
  • Dogs dangerously out of control in any place where an assistance dog is killed or injured
  • Dogs dangerously out of control in any place
  • Possession of a prohibited dog, breeding, selling, exchanging or advertising a prohibited dog.

But how will these guidelines affect holiday and residential parks?

The guidelines are designed to deal with a wide range of offending behaviour and can cover minor, to major dog attacks which take place on park land.

Should a home owner or caravan owner commit an offence of this nature or any other on a park they are likely to also be in breach of the terms of either the Holiday Licence Agreement or Residential Mobile Homes Act Agreement which contain undertakings requiring owners, their family and guests not to commit any criminal offences on the park.

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