New laws will punish irresponsible dog owners

DOG owners in Victoria who fail to stop their pets from attacking people and other animals will face the toughest penalties in the country under new laws set to be introduced this week.

The Victorian Government plans to ban irresponsible owners from taking on a new pet for up to 10 years and jail those who don't comply.

The tough stance follows a spate of dog attacks in the southern state over the past 12 months.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said the community had the right to feel safe from dog attacks and the new penalties would "get the message through" that owners had a responsibility to control their pets.



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