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.