Eleanor Laing says penalties given to owners of dogs which have attacked people in Epping Forest have been an insult to the victims

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Willow the whippet was attacked in October Willow the whippet was attacked in October

MP Eleanor Laing has welcomed the extension of the Dangerous Dogs Act, saying the public will be better protected.

The new legislation, which allows for the prosecution of owners regardless of where a dog attack takes place and includes harsher punishments, has been granted royal assent.

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing praised the measures.

She said: “I have campaigned extensively for measures to prevent dog attacks and for appropriate punishment for irresponsible dog owners.

“This new legislation takes important steps to protect the public whilst still encouraging responsible dog ownership.”

“In my constituency the punishments given to dangerous dog offenders have been an insult to their victims. Thanks to these new laws this will no longer be the case.”

Laura Curd's dog Willow suffered serious injuries when they were attacked in Waltham Abbey by a pack of dogs in October 2013.

The owner received a caution and Mrs Curd, 44, from Godwin Close in Sewardstone, criticised the police response.

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8:34am Wed 19 Mar 14

UKIP-local says...

I am surprised if offences do not already cover this and civil damages should also be readily recoverable.

When politicians start boasting about what they have done to protect us from dogs we know they have run out of ideas. Or maybe they know they have run out of power.
I am surprised if offences do not already cover this and civil damages should also be readily recoverable. When politicians start boasting about what they have done to protect us from dogs we know they have run out of ideas. Or maybe they know they have run out of power. UKIP-local
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11:16am Wed 19 Mar 14

SillyCnut says...

So, if someone uninvited (say a burglar) comes onto my property, and then gets bitten by my German Shepherd, that will be my fault? Idiots.
So, if someone uninvited (say a burglar) comes onto my property, and then gets bitten by my German Shepherd, that will be my fault? Idiots. SillyCnut
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