Kennel Club calls for protection for owners whose dogs bite burglars
FEARS have been raised that changes to the law could see dog owners face criminal charges if their animals bite burglars.
A draft Welsh Government bill would make it an offence to have a dangerously out of control dog in the home.
But the Kennel Club has said owners should have some protection under the law when dogs try to defend the home.
According to the Welsh government the measure is aimed at protecting people from an increasing number of attacks by dangerous dogs.
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It is proposed in the draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill, which is out to consultation until March 1.
It would amend the Dangerous Dogs Act which applies to public places, or private places where the dog is not meant to be. Allowing a dog to injure someone is punishable by up to two years in prison.
There is no offence under the act for a dangerous dog on private land where it is allowed to be.
The Welsh government points out the current act does not protect, for example, a postman coming to the door.
But the Kennel Club's communications director Caroline Kisko said: "There should be some kind of protection in place if your dog has a go at somebody who isn't entitled to be where they are."