Finally, a welcome u-turn:
Dog owners will be safe from prosecution under revised dangerous dogs laws if their pet attacks someone trespassing in their home – even if the “intruder” is doing a good turn.
Ministers say dogs cannot be expected to “ascertain the intentions” of those entering a property before reacting.
Quite. But the actual boundary of the property is, it seems, flexible:
In a response to MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee – which has made a number of recommendations to ministers – the government rejected the idea of a similar exemption in relation to attacks on people trespassing in gardens or outhouses.
“A child retrieving a ball from a garden, or a neighbour retrieving garden cuttings, should be protected from dog attacks,” officials said.
And also a burglar testing the security of the dwelling or having it away on his toes with your garden tools, by these conditions!
“Such a distinction reflects the higher likelihood of a trespasser inside or entering a dwelling having malign intent,” the response added.
So your home is your castle, but not your shed or garage…