Dog attack law passed in the House of Representatives

Dog owners in Jamaica should now be wary after a new dog attack law was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Under the new Liability for Attacks bill, owners of dogs that attack people can be fined up to $3 million. Failure to pay could see the owner serving up to 15 years.

However, persons who are convicted will not have a criminal record. Under the law, civil liability can be incurred if the dog causes injury in any place other than its home or where it is normally kept.

The law was passed in the House of Representatives with 17 amendments.

It will now go to the Senate for approval.