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.
Banned breeds or types of dogs
Tell us about a dangerous dog
If you wish to report a dangerous dog please contact the Police Status Dog Unit on 020 8247 or email email@example.com.
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.