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Myth bust: Daily Telegraph makes claims about dangerous dogs rules

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Law abiding home owners will not be penalised and burglars will not be protected.

The myth: The Daily Telegraph has reported that homeowners could be prosecuted if their dogs attack burglars as a result of the proposed changes to the dangerous dogs law.

The truth: Law abiding home owners will not be penalised and burglars will not be protected. Our proposed extension of the law is to protect innocent people - like postal workers and midwives - who need to go onto other people’s property to do their jobs, not trespassers who have entered another person’s property with unlawful intent.