Sheffield legal specialist welcomes changes to dog attack laws

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A Sheffield legal specialist has welcomed new measures coming into force today that will see several changes to the current legislation on dog attacks.

Most notably it will close the legal loophole which means dog owners cannot be prosecuted for attacks on private property. The changes will also see an increase in sentences for those convicted of such offences, offer police or appointed council officers the powers to seize an out of control dog, and create an offence for a dog attacking an assistance dog.

Katrina Elsey, a legal specialist in dog bite claims at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield, said: “These new measures are very welcome. However, we have long-held concerns regarding the Government’s approach to this issue, specifically that not enough has been done to ensure victims get the help they need following such attacks.”