It is an offence for any dog to be dangerously out of control whether it is on public or private property, or the owner's home.
The owner or person in charge of the dog may be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000. Police could seize the dog and in severe cases, obtain a court order for the destruction of the dog.
Along with the police, we have a joint responsibility to investigate dangerous dog incidents. You should report any dog biting incident to both ourselves and the police.
If you have been bitten by a dog it is important to obtain medical help if the bite is serious, especially if your anti tetanus inoculation is out of date; a booster is normally required every 10 years.
The following breeds are listed as Dangerous Dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasilero
These dogs must be kept on a lead by someone aged 16 and over and muzzled in a public place. It is illegal to own a banned breed without a certificate of exemption, which is granted once the dog is neutered, insured and has a microchip implanted.