Jade: Danger dog law to alter

Scene at Chaucer Grove in Atherton of fatal dog attack

Scene at Chaucer Grove in Atherton of fatal dog attack

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NEW legal powers are being drafted to allow police to prosecute the owners of dogs that attack people on private property.

The legislation changes came just weeks after the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson who was mauled to death by five dogs at a friends house in Atherton.

Under Government plans, dog owners will no longer be immune from prosecution if their dog attacks a person in the home. This change in the law will give protection to the healthcare, postal and utility professionals who visit private properties for work.

The legislative changes being introduced today will extend the law to include all private property. It will mean that owners can be prosecuted if they fail to stop their dogs attacking someone on their own or someone else’s private property.

Animal Welfare Minister Lord de Mauley said: “Out of control dogs are just as much a threat on private property as in public places. We are extending the law.”