Dangerous Dogs

All dog owners should ensure that their pets are kept under control at all times. Owners of dogs not kept under control can face legal action, including police action.

If you have been involved in an incident where a dog has behaved aggressively and has injured a person, you should report it to the Police on 101.

Many people believe that dogs are only dangerous if they have bitten a person. However, any dog dangerously out of control can result in serious consequences and action can be taken even if a dog has not injured anybody. Dogs that display aggressive tendencies towards other animals, especially other dogs, can be deemed dangerous if they are not kept under proper control.

If you have concerns over your own dogs’ behaviour, speak to a qualified vet or behaviourist.

Most minor incidents involving aggression towards people and incidents involving dogs behaving aggressively towards other animals can be dealt with by reporting the incident.

Report a dangerous dog

Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to tell us about a dangerous dog. Please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Address including postcode
  • Contact information (number and email address)
  • details of the incident including the area and details of the dog's owner (if known)

If you are involved in an incident where the other dog owner is known to you, a letter and witness statement will be sent out to you.

When the completed witness statement is received the Dog Warden will then visit the dog owner to discuss the incident and offer training and advice where necessary.

They will be informed that we have a written statement on file and that further action may be taken if further incidents are reported involving their dog.

Unfortunately, we are unable to investigate incidents where the owner's identity and/or address is unknown.

Last updated 16 August 2023
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