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 someone while it is out of control the offence becomes more serious.
In these circumstances, 'dangerously out of control' means that there are reasonable grounds to think that the dog will hurt someone, or another animal, whether it actually does so or not.
If you believe this is the case, or the dog has already injured someone, make sure that you are in a safe place and contact the police.
Last Updated: 4 October 2018