26 March 2015
The Sentencing Council is consulting on a comprehensive revision of the guidelines for dangerous dog offences.
The consultation comes in response to the substantial amendments made to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, enacted in May 2014 through ss.106 and 107 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The amendments to the legislation include increased maximum penalties for dangerous dog offences and the introduction of the new offence of attacks on an assistance dog.
The substantial legislative amendments have led the Council to heavily revise the guidelines, the changes to which include new sentence ranges to reflect the increased penalties and guidance for the new offence.
The Council is now calling for views on the draft guidelines from both members of the public and professionals with an interest in the area.
The consultation is now open and will close on 9th June 2015.
Information on how to respond to the consultation can be found here: