London: Dog owners in Wales could be jailed for up to two years if their pets bite people - including burglars - under plans that are being considered by the Government.
Its Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill contains the provision for owners to be jailed for that period if a dog injures another pet or a person, and to be given an unlimited fine.
The current Animal Welfare Act provides for owners to be jailed for a maximum of six months and to be fined up to 20,000 pounds.
The draft legislation, out to consultation until March 1, provides no defence to an owner if their dog bites a burglar, or if the person bitten provokes the dog.
One of the aims of the draft bill is to offer greater protection for people such as postmen, by making dog attacks on private property illegal.
The bill also gives local authorities the ability to issue owners of out-of-control dogs with notices, ordering them to take steps such as muzzling them in public and attending training sessions.