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NEW powers have been introduced which allow councils and the police to tackle nuisance dogs and irresponsible owners.

By Janet Sykes, Oct 27 2014 10:35PM

The changes in the law, under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which came into force on Monday, are designed to crack down on irresponsible dog owners.

From now on, owners face fines of up to £2,500 if they fail to take steps preventing dog attacks, and authorities in England and Wales have been given the power to order owners to muzzle their dogs, keep them on leads, neuter or microchip them, or take them to training.

The move follows changes made earlier this year to the Dangerous Dogs Act enabling prosecution for a dog attack on private property.

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