Canines in court: therapy dogs making the wait for a verdict ‘more human’ – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in animals, courts, dogs, family courts, mental health, news by sally

‘Unique in the UK, Chelmsford county court hosts therapy dogs each week, to reduce stress and make court less intimidating.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2016

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Dangerous Dogs Act has never worked – Andrew Rosindell MP – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in causing death of children or vulnerable adults, dogs, news, sentencing by sally

‘The Dangerous Dogs Act has “never really worked” because it only deals with certain breeds, a Tory MP has said as he called for a review of the law.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2016

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Care case judge fury at solicitor after pensioner patient left unable to see beloved pet – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in care homes, dogs, elderly, judges, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor appointed to represent an elderly stroke victim has been thrown off the case by a judge furious that he failed to take steps to let the woman see her beloved pet dog.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st August 2016

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IPCC to investigate West Yorkshire police over release of dog that killed man – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2016 in complaints, dogs, news, police by tracey

‘West Yorkshire police force is to be investigated following the killing of a man by a dog days after it had been returned to its owner despite concerns it was dangerous.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2016

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Police referred to watchdog after man dies from ‘dangerous’ dog attack days after pet returned to owner for not being banned breed – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 17th, 2016 in complaints, dogs, news, police by sally

‘Officers have been referred to the police watchdog after a dog mauled a man to death a week after being returned to its owner – despite long-term concerns that it was dangerous.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th August 2016

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The Dangerous Dogs Act 25 years on: How effective has it been? – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2016 in dogs, news, statistics, victims by sally

‘Twenty-five years ago, Britain became one of the first countries in the world to ban certain breeds of dog. BBC News examines whether the Dangerous Dogs Act has been effective.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2016

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Law amounts to unnecessary death sentence for dogs, claims RSPCA – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2016 in charities, dogs, euthanasia, news, reports by sally

‘Hundreds of dogs are being put down unnecessarily, an animal charity has warned, as it calls for a government law change.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2016

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Death row pitbull reprieved by Exeter judge – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in dogs, news by sally

‘A pitbull-type dog that spent two years caged without exercise on police orders has been saved from a death sentence and is now to be allowed the run of a field.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Odd laws you may unknowingly break – BBC News

‘An 800-year-old dress code banning women from taking off their hats may finally be overturned later in Norfolk. But what other old-fashioned, or just plain strange, rules are in place around England?’

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BBC News, 31st May 2016

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Bristol man Attila Kovacs admits selling smuggled puppies – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2016 in community service, dogs, HM Revenue & Customs, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who admitted selling illegally imported puppies has been given a 200-hour community order.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2016

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Five new laws coming in today and how they will affect you – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2016 in banking, capital gains tax, dogs, interest, news, pensions, visas by sally

‘Following the introduction of the National Living Wage and unwelcome increases to council tax, today sees another wave of new laws come into force in the UK.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2016

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Thousands of dog owners risk fines as microchip law comes into force – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2016 in dogs, electronic monitoring, fines, news by tracey

‘Hundreds of thousands of dog owners risk being fined for failing to microchip their pets, as a new law comes into force making it compulsory.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2016

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Ten new laws that come into force in April 2016 – and how they affect you – The Independent

‘April 2016 is a month of big changes for people living and working in the UK. A number of new laws and policies are coming into force, affecting just about everyone from public sector workers to dog owners. Here’s what the new laws could mean for you.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Nearly Legal

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in appeals, dogs, families, landlord & tenant, news, nuisance by sally

‘Neighbour nuisance. These are often difficult and indeed expensive cases. And always there are those affected who believe that a landlord is liable for their tenant’s nuisance (which they just aren’t, save for the extremely rare case in which the landlord has participated in or, by letting the property authorised their tenant’s nuisance – Lawrence v. Fen Tigers Ltd (No. 2) [2014] UKSC 46, [2015] AC 106,).’

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Nearly Legal, 20th March 2016

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Sentencing Council launches new revised definitive guideline for sentencing dangerous dog offences – Sentencing Council

Posted March 17th, 2016 in community service, dogs, fines, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published a revised guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of dangerous dog offences. The new guideline, which has been issued following a public consultation, will come into effect on 1 July 2016.’

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Sentencing Council, 17th March 2016

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Man jailed after his bulldog savaged and killed his grandmother – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2015 in dogs, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after his bulldog killed his grandmother in a vicious attack.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2015

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Owners of dog which barked 43 times a minute fined – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2015 in dogs, fines, news, noise, nuisance by sally

‘The owners of a dog which barked 43 times a minute for 20 minutes have been fined.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2015

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Owner of dog that killed baby girl is jailed for possessing dangerous animal – The Guardian

‘Th owner of a dog that mauled an 11-month-old girl to death has been jailed for 18 weeks after being found guilty of possessing a dangerous animal.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2015

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Dog walkers who don’t clean up their pet’s mess to face £100 fine – The Independent

‘Under a new law designed to tackle Britain’s dog poo problem, owners caught without a poop scooping bag will be fined £100.’

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The Independent, 12th April 2015

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Dangerous dog offences guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted March 17th, 2015 in dogs, news, sentencing by sally

‘The Sentencing Council issued a dangerous dog offences guideline in August 2012. In May 2014 amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were enacted through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which made such substantial changes to the offence and the maximum penalties that the Council considered it would be appropriate to revise comprehensively the existing guideline.

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Sentencing Council, 17th March 2015

Source: http://consult.justice.gov.uk