Dangerous dogs are the responsibility of the police
If you want to report a dangerous dog, contact the Police on the non-emergency number, 101.
You may be required to provide the following details of the incident:
- Where and when the dog was last seen
- What the behaviour of the dog was (what happened)
- A description of the dog (that is the breed, size, colour, distinguishing features)
- Any known information regarding the owner (name or address)
- Photographic evidence of any injuries sustained by the attack (or a statement from a vet)
You may also be required to provide evidence in Court should the owner be prosecuted.
What is a dangerous dog?
A dangerous dog could be:
- A dog attacking a person
- A dog attacking another dog
- A dog attacking another animal
- A specific breed of dog that is deemed to be dangerous or banned
There is a clear difference between a dog behaving dangerously and a dog that is out in a public space without its owner, which is a stray dog.
Go to the stray and lost dogs web page to find out how to tell us about a stray or lost dog.
Last updated: Tuesday, 25 October, 2022.