London, Aug 21: Britons who own dangerous dogs that attack people in public will be jailed for 18 months under new laws, a media report said.
Offenders convicted of having “out of control” dogs could also get community service, the Daily Express reported.
Courts may also ban irresponsible owners from keeping dogs, order dangerous dogs to be put down and arrange compensation for victims.
The guidelines have been drawn by the Sentencing Council, an independent body of the ministry of justice.
An owner using a dog as a weapon to attack someone would also be sentenced for assault.
The most serious cases may include a dangerously out-of-control dog that has caused serious injury, or harmed a child, or where the owner has failed to respond to previous warnings.
Training a dog to fight or possessing equipment for dog fighting will also be seen as a factor attracting a tougher sentence.