There’s been much hyperbole in the news of late regarding dangerous dogs, much of it suggesting that somehow chipping dogs will magically stop the dangerous ones from biting people – and of course, chipping your Labrador will have no effect on the scrote who keeps a pitbull and ignores the legislation. And we can be sure which of you will be the one whose pooch is checked by the authorities, can’t we? However, if you hope that your mutt will still be able to deal with intruders think again.
Courts will have the power to jail dog owners for two years or impose a £5,000 fine if animals cause injuries while “dangerously out of control” in their own homes, under the plans.
And by that, they mean:
However, government officials admitted that burglary victims were not “immune” from prosecution if they allow their “dangerously out of control” pets to savage intruders.
Biting the postman’s leg is, I agree, dangerously out of control. Doing the same to an intruder intent on doing you harm or depriving you of your property, is I feel perfectly reasonable force. Besides, as is pointed out in the piece, a dog is not expected to understand the nuances of “reasonable force”. As far as it is concerned, the family home is being violated and it is merely following its instincts to defend it.
There was a time when people kept dogs for that very purpose. No longer so it seems, in our topsy-turvey world where the burglar is proffered the protection of the law and Rover is destroyed for doing his duty.