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New Dangerous Dogs Act proposals

Published:Monday | June 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM

PORT-OF-SPAIN (CMC):

The government here plans to bring new proposals to change the Dangerous Dogs Act, a dozen years after it was passed and not yet in force, to remove bans currently imposed on some breeds.

A new Dangerous Dogs Bill no longer demands owners get rid of certain breeds of dogs but instead places the burden of responsibility fully on owners with fencing, licensing and insurance requirements, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has said. New penalties, including jail time, will be imposed for breaches of the act.

The new bill have the support of the sister of the latest mauling victim, still in hospital two weeks after being savaged by a pack of dogs.

The Dangerous Dogs Act of 2000 was never signed into law. Updated as the Dangerous Dogs Act of 2012, it was set to come into force on August 1 but Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar ordered a review of the law after complaints from dog owners and animal advocates.

But the government appears set to miss the deadline as it will take another three to four months for the new legislation to be drafted and much longer for it to be debate in both houses of parliament, the attorney general said.