Dangerous dogs

It is an offence to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

The dog does not have to bite someone – you can still be prosecuted and fined up to £5000 if the dog is being aggressive.

If you come across the following:

  • A dog that is roaming around loose and is being aggressive towards people or other animals 
  • Has attacked a person or other animal and there is a risk of further injury or fear of further injury because the dog is still in the area

you should contact the Dog Warden who will contact you as soon as possible and will attend to collect the dog and secure the area. Outside normal office hours the Police should be contacted to help you with this type of problem.

If a dog is on a lead with its owner/keeper or it is on its own property and is behaving aggressively and or dangerously towards other people or dogs, you should contact the Dog Warden who will contact the owner of the dog to discuss the matter.

If a stray or loose dog is

  • in close proximity to children e.g. in a play area or school playground 
  • likely to cause an accident 
  • loose in a shop etc. 
  • causing a nuisance

you should contact the Dog Warden who will contact you as soon as possible with a view to collecting the dog.

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