It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:
- in a public place
- in a private place, for example a neighbour’s house or garden
- in the owner’s home.
The law applies to all dogs.
Dogs that are naturally aggressive or hard to control should be kept on a lead in public, or muzzled. Owners of aggressive dogs should be aware of the danger to others and take steps to avoid any incidents.
Banned dog breeds
The government has information on dogs which are banned or strictly controlled.
If your dog is attacked by another dog, you must report it to us as soon as possible.
You can report dog-on-dog attacks:
Alternatively, you can contact us by telephone on:
Although we can take certain actions, we cannot force dog owners to pay for your injured animal’s vet bills.
Report a dog on person attack to the police.
- call 101 for a non-emergency.
- call 999 for an emergency.
You may be asked to give a witness statement for use in court. The courts have the power to imprison and disqualify people from owning a dog for as long as they think necessary.