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‘Keep your dogs under control’

Created on 04/08/2016 @ 22:39
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Our local police force has warned dog owners to keep their pets under control or face lengthy prison sentences.

The force has decided to get tough after a rise on the number of attacks on people as well as livestock over the early part of the summer.

Sergeant Keith Gibby, Dog Section, said: “I urge anyone walking their dog to be mindful and take appropriate precautions - such as keeping them on a lead. It is also important that dogs are kept secure when at home to prevent any incidents. 

“While there are precautions that can be taken to keep dogs under control, there are also consequences for those dogs that become a danger to the public and we will enforce where necessary.”

Any dog of any breed or type can be considered dangerous in any place if it is not kept under control. The dog doesn’t have to bite anyone, police say, it could just show aggressive behaviour that makes someone feel in fear for their safety.

Unlimited fines or prison terms for up to six months (or both) can be issued if a dog is dangerously out of control.

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