dangerous dogs act

2-August-2013

Dangerous dogs attacking horses out hacking are a real problem.  Recent changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act have done nothing to help riders (Lawhorse 10 May 2013).  But cat attacks?  Surely not.  Happily, the cat in this video is the…


10-May-2013

A draft bill to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is published today.  www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm86/8601/8601.pdf But will it help horse riders? Not really. The key change is to section 3 of the 1991 Act which makes the owner/person in charge of a…


19-April-2013

One has to feel for farmer Peter Withecombe.  The Western Morning News has reported this week on yet another attack on his sheep by stray dogs.  According to WMN, this poor farmer has lost 60 sheep and lambs over the…


15-February-2013

My previous blogs on dangerous dogs and horses have attracted a few questions.  The law differs according to whether a dog is merely out of control or actually attacks, whether this happens in a public place or on private property,…


18-May-2012

The new sentencing guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council (effective from August 2012) have been welcomed and described as a “tougher approach” by Trevor Cooper, Legal Consultant for Dogs Trust, who has said: “Dogs Trust welcomes the guidelines which will…


16-May-2012

Guidelines have been laid down for sentencing of offenders convicted for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.  The top of the sentencing range for owners allowing their dog to be dangerously out of control and injuring someone has been…