Dangerous dogs

  • 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.