New laws needed for tug-of-love dogs, says divorce expert – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2014 in custody, dispute resolution, divorce, dogs, news by sally

‘For centuries, the dog has held the title of man’s best friend, but what happens when the same animal is also the woman’s best friend? A legal academic has called for the UK to revolutionise the way in which pets are treated in divorce custody battles.’

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The Independent, 29th June 2014

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Clifford Clarke death: Women jailed over man ‘eaten alive’ by dog – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2014 in animal cruelty, dogs, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two women who admitted allowing a dog to maul a 79-year-old man to death in his garden have been jailed for a year.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2014

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Couple who kept 19 dogs lose fight to have children returned from foster care – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2014 in appeals, care orders, dogs, news, parental rights by michael

‘A couple who kept 19 dogs have lost a family court fight for the return of their two children.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2014

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Dangerous dogs: owners face tougher sentences for attacks – Home Office

Posted May 13th, 2014 in dogs, news, penalties, sentencing by sally

‘Irresponsible dog owners who allow their dog to attack people or assistance dogs will face tougher prison sentences from today.’

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Home Office, 13th May 2014

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Dog attacks to be punished with longer jail terms for owners – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2014 in dogs, imprisonment, news, penalties, sentencing by sally

‘Tougher penalties have come into force for dog owners in England and Wales who allow their pets to attack people.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2014

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Clifford Clarke dog death: Liverpool women admit guilt – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2014 in animal cruelty, dogs, guilty pleas, news by sally

‘Two women whose dog mauled a 79-year-old man to death in his own garden have admitted allowing the attack to happen.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2014

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Dog owner faces jail for allegedly registering rottweiler to vote – The Guardian

Posted April 29th, 2014 in dogs, electoral register, news by sally

‘A dog owner whose rottweiler was sent a voting card could face jail after being reported to the police for allegedly providing false information to the electoral roll.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2014

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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, courts, criminal justice, dogs, forced marriages, legislation, police, repossession by tracey

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

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Man caught on video ‘performing sex act on dog’ escapes jail time – The Indepedent

Posted March 8th, 2014 in dogs, news, sentencing, sexual offences, video recordings by sally

‘A man who filmed himself having sex with his girlfriend’s dog has avoided jail time.’

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The Independent, 6th March 2014

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Judge calls for tougher sentences for dangerous dog owners after attack on toddler – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2014 in dogs, judges, news, sentencing by sally

‘A judge has called for tougher sentences for people who keep fighting dogs as he said the current law prevented him from handing a more severe punishment to a man whose pit bull terrier savaged a toddler in the street.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2014

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 7th, 2014 in criminal injuries compensation, dogs, news, violence by tracey

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority v First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) and another [2014] EWCA Civ 65;  [2014] WLR (D)  45

‘In order to determine whether conduct which amounted to an offence contrary to section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 of being the owner of a dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place was a “crime of violence”, for the purposes of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, it was necessary to have regard to the nature of the offence rather than its consequences. Negligently to allow a dog to escape, even a dog known to be aggressive, did not constitute a crime of violence.’

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2014

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Escaping dog not a “crime of violence” for purposes of criminal injuries compensation – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 5th, 2014 in criminal injuries compensation, dogs, news by sally

‘When considering whether to award compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, the board must rest its determination of “crime of violence” on the act causing the injury, not its consequences. A breach of the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act is not necessarily a “crime of violence”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th February 2014

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Regina v Robinson-Pierre [2013] EWCA Crim 2396 – WLR Daily

Posted January 16th, 2014 in appeals, dogs, law reports, strict liability by tracey

Regina v Robinson-Pierre [2013] EWCA Crim 2396;   [2013] WLR (D)  517

‘An offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, contrary to section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, was a strict liability offence but nevertheless required proof by the prosecution of an act or omission on the part of the defendant (with or without fault) that to some (more than minimal) degree caused or permitted that prohibited state of affairs to come about.’

WLR Daily, 20th December 2014

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Dog attack laws and statistics – Daily Telegraph

“The number of people admitted to hospital due to dog bites has risen in the last five years prompting calls for changes in the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2013

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Owners of killer dogs face 14 years in jail – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2013 in bills, dangerous driving, dogs, homicide, imprisonment, news by sally

“Owners of dogs involved in a fatal attack face up to 14 years in prison under government plans published on Tuesday. The proposals, announced by the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, would also introduce a maximum jail term of five years for owners if a person is injured by their dog.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2013

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Jade Anderson dogs death: Court hears of ‘horrific’ scene – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2013 in dogs, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

“The moment a policeman found a girl who had been mauled to death by four dogs was the most distressing sight of his life, a court has heard.

At Wigan Magistrates Court, 45-year-old Concannon was given a 16-week suspended jail term after admitting causing suffering to the four animals.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2013

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Harsher penalties for dangerous dog owners whose pets are involved in violent attacks – The Independent

Posted October 16th, 2013 in bills, consultations, dogs, imprisonment, news, penalties by sally

“The owners of dangerous dogs involved in violent attacks could face similar penalties to those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said.”

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The Independent, 15th October 2013

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Dog attack men get community service for animal cruelty – BBC News

Posted September 18th, 2013 in animal cruelty, community service, dogs, hunting, news, sentencing by sally

“Six men have been sentenced to more than 800 hours of community service for using their dogs to kill other animals.”

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BBC News, 17th September 2013

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Dangerous dogs plan will mean no ‘innocent’ trespassers – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2013 in bills, dogs, news, select committees, trespass by tracey

“Dog owners will be safe from prosecution under revised dangerous dogs laws if their pet attacks someone trespassing in their home – even if the ‘intruder’ is doing a good turn.”

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BBC News, 9th September 2013

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Dangerous dogs: tougher penalties for irresponsible dog owners – Home Office

Posted August 6th, 2013 in consultations, dogs, news, penalties, sentencing by sally

“The government is asking for people’s views about whether current penalties for dog offences are severe enough.”

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Home Office, 6th August 2013

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