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Byline: with Dean Dunham

This week: Dangerous dogs

READERS regularly ask me what would happen if their dog bites an intruder or any visitor to their home. The law can be confusing and seems contradictory, but here's what you need to know:THE LAWUnder the Dangerous Dogs Act it's illegal for a dog to be out of control, bite or attack someone. It also makes it an offence if a person is worried or afraid - the term is reasonable apprehension - that a dog may bite them. It is important to ensure your dog is under control at all times and in all places.

YOUR HOMESince 1991 it has been illegal for dogs to be out of control in a public place. In 2014 the law was amended to include incidents on private property - meaning inside either your or someone else's home. This includes within a garden.

INTRUDERSThe law does provide a defence if your dog attacks an intruder in your own home. But this defence does not apply if your dog attacks an intruder in your garden, meaning that would amount to an offence and could therefore land you in court. This is highly confusing and I have no idea why this distinction has been made.

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Title Annotation:Features
Author:with Dean Dunham
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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