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By law, dog owners must look after their dog properly. This includes controlling it in public, regardless of its size. A dog is considered to be dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes a person fear for their safety.

In most cases, owners can get help and advice from professionals and animal welfare charities to ensure their dog can live safely and happily in the community.

But there are some situations which are serious enough for the police to become involved: 

  • someone is being cruel to their dog or using it for fighting
  • possessing a banned breed
  • allowing your dog to be dangerously out of control

If you have concerns about a dangerous dog, call us.

In an emergency:

  • call 999

In a non-emergency:

  • report online here or
  • call 101


Page last updated: 26 March 2018