New dangerous dogs laws do not go far enough, say MPs
Plans to make it a criminal offence in England and Wales to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a private property have been welcomed by the Commons environment committee.
But it criticised a lack of action to address threatening behaviour at an early stage and reduce risk of attacks.
More than 200,000 people are attacked by dogs in England every year.
Campaigners say legislation dating back to 1991 has been ineffective in dealing with aggressive animals.
Current laws cover only attacks by dogs in public places and private areas where animals are prohibited from being, such as a neighbour's garden.
Ministers want to extend the scope of the law to enable a prosecution to be brought against anyone whose dog injures someone or acts aggressively in a private place where they are permitted to be, such as a home.