It is an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for a dog to be dangerously out of control and to put a person in fear of being attacked. The main points of the Act are:
- A magistrate can issue a control order which could result in the dog being destroyed. The owner can also be fined or receive a prison sentence of up to six months or both
- If your dog bites a person the sentence is increased to a fine or a prison sentence up to two years or both
- If your dog attacks and injures another animal you could be sued in a County Court for the damages caused
Dog on human attack
Any reports of dangerous dog attacks on humans should be made to the Police. They will need to investigate and may involve the dog warden.
Dog on dog attack or aggressive behaviour
Any reports of dangerous dog attacks on dogs (or other domestic or farm animals) or even aggressive behaviour in a public place should be made to the Dog Warden at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01732 876184