Lancaster man admits dangerous dog charge

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A man has pleaded guilty to allowing a dog to enter a non-public place and cause injury under the recently-amended Dangerous Dogs Act.

At Preston Crown Court, Gary Deegan admitted the bull mastiff attacked a woman on 13 May, the same day tougher penalties came into effect.

The 54-year-old woman suffered a broken arm and severe cuts.

Deegan, 49, of Granville Road, Lancaster, was released on bail ahead of sentencing on 3 October.

Under the amended Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, allowing a dog to cause injury can now be punished by up to five years in prison.

Previously, the same charge carried a maximum jail term of two years.

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