Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control in a public place.
- View our dog ownership guidance booklet (.pdf, 312.2kB)
Banned breeds or types of dogs
Tell us about a dangerous dog
If you wish to report a dangerous dog that is becoming aggressive towards people, or worse it's actually attacked someone, it's important that you or someone in your family reports it
- Contact your local police station or Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency and someone is in immediate danger call 999.
- If you feel unable to talk to the police, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (they won't ask your name and will not trace your call)
If you own a dog classed as dangerous
If you are a responsible owner, an application can be made to the courts requesting you to be able to legally keep your dog providing you agreed to abide by some strict rules.
These include having your dog neutered, microchipped, having your dog on a lead and muzzled at all times whilst out and having your dog insured. However, the courts can turn down such applications.
If you are successfully accepted onto the register, but are later found not abiding by one or all the restrictions, your dog could be taken into Police custody.
If you own a banned breed which is not on the exemption register, you are breaking the law. The dog could be detained and the owner/carer prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Pet on person incidents
If you or another person have been injured by a dog, this becomes a criminal matter and you should contact the Police.