Dangerous Dogs Consultation

Last Monday the Government announced a further consultation on changes to dangerous dogs laws.

The key proposals are: To extend existing dangerous dogs law in England to cover all private property; that Police will no longer have to seize and kennel dogs pending the outcome of court proceedings where the police do not consider the dog presents a risk to the public; the fee of £24 (first set in 1991) payable by the owner for placing prohibited dogs on the Index of Exempted Dogs to be raised; additional funding for the Association of Chief Police Officers to support the training that they provide for Dog Legislation Officers; and new regulations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on compulsory microchipping. A consultation is ongoing and will close on 15 June 2012. Interested parties can respond to the consultation