Parliament has agreed to increase the maximum sentences that can be given to the owners of dangerous dogs that kill or injure people or an assistance dog, following a move by Bedford and Kempston MP Richard Fuller.
The agreement came after an amendment by Mr Fuller, and a public consultation that endorsed an increase.
The maximum sentence will now increase from just two years to 14 years under provisions in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
Speaking after the final Commons debate on the Bill, Mr Fuller said: “I was appalled to learn that the average sentence given to a dog owner when their out-of-control dog kills a child was just eight weeks.
“What people need to know is if you own a dog which kills or seriously harms someone, you are responsible.”