If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place then the owner or the person in charge of the dog at the time has committed an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991). If the dog injures a human while it is out of control the offence becomes more serious.
If a dog has already injured someone, or you believe there is a strong possibility it may do, make sure that you are in a safe place then:
Contact the Police on 999 if an emergency or 101 if a non emergency.
It is not the responsibility of the Council’s Dog Wardens to deal with dangerous dogs although we would assist the Police should they require it.
Who should I contact if a human or an animal is attacked?
Dog on human attacks
If you have been attacked, you should inform the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. If the dog is still on the loose, you should also give them this information.
Dog on animal attacks
If you believe your animal has been seriously attacked by another person’s dog please do the following:
- Check both dogs thoroughly for any wounds
- If your dog is injured, ensure you get veterinary treatment as soon as possible.
- Take pictures of any injuries
- Make sure you get the contact details of the parties involved. This will be needed for any insurance claims or prosecution process.
- If there any witnesses, also collect these details
- Contact the Dog Warden on 01225 39 40 41
Between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30 pm Friday.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Tel: 01225 477 477 (out of hours)
Text (SMS) 07797 806545
Dog attacks on livestock
All attacks on livestock should be reported to the Police on 101or 999 if an emergency.
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 you must not own, sell, breed, give away or exchange four breeds of dog:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero.
The police will investigate and seize your dog if they believe it to be a banned breed. If you don’t agree it is a banned breed, it is your responsibility to prove otherwise.The maximum penalty for owning or keeping a banned dog is a fine of £20,000, six months in prison or both. Your dog could also be destroyed and you may not be able to own another dog in the future.