Lancaster bull mastiff attack suspect in court

A man has appeared before magistrates in Lancaster charged under the recently-amended Dangerous Dogs Act.

Gary Deegan, 49, of Granville Road, Lancaster, is charged with allowing a dog to cause injury in a private place.

A 54-year-old woman suffered a broken arm and severe cuts in the attack by a bull mastiff on 13 May, the same day amendments to the act, allowing tougher penalties, came into effect.

Mr Deegan will appear at Preston Crown Court on 3 September.

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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