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There are various penalties you could face, depending on the circumstances. These could include -

• A fine and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months for having a dog that is dangerously out of control. (Q651 explains this further).

• A fine and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years if you let your dog injure someone

• A fine and/or imprisonment of up to 14 years if the dog kills someone

• A fine and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years if the dog causes Injury to an assistance dog (e.g. a guide dog)

Not only could you be liable for any of the above, you may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.

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