New powers, which come into effect from today, will be given to police forces and councils prevent thousands of dog attacks a year.
Now, if complaint is made against a dog, its owner will need to take certain steps, such dog training classes or muzzling their dog. In extreme cases have the pet neutered to prevent aggressive behavior.
Those who ignore these ‘Dog asbos’ could face a £100 on-the-spot fine, or even face criminal prosecution and a £20,000 fine.
There are some concerns that the new law could lead to responsible owners being unjustly penalised.
On average nine postmen a day are attacked by dogs, that’s over 3000 attacks a year.
The Communication Workers Union, which postal workers belong to, have welcomed the decision.
Postman Dominick Beck belongs to The Communication Workers Union, has welcomed the decision.
From Optimotion, a physiotherapy clinic in Camden, is Aleem Najak.
Photo by Giuseppe Martino™.