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Report dog-related incidents

It is against the law for a dog to be dangerously out of control, whether in public or private.

Immediate danger

Call 999 if a dog is:

  • dangerously out of control
  • attacking a person
  • attacking an assistance dog
  • on a main road or motorway

How do I report…

an attack by a dog on a person

If the attack is happening now, call 999.

Otherwise, fill in the report a crime or incident form.

an attack by a dog on an assistance dog

If the attack is happening now, call 999.

Otherwise, fill in the report a crime or incident form.

an attack on a dog by another dog

The police will not deal with an attack by a dog on another dog.

a dangerously out of control dog

If the attack is happening now, call 999.

Otherwise, fill in the report a crime or incident form.

a dog on a main road or motorway

Call 999.

a dog that has been hit by a vehicle

If a dog has been hit by a car and the driver has exchanged details with the dog owner, you do not need to call the police.

If details are not exchanged, fill in the report an accident on the road form.

a stray, lost or found dog

If the dog is calm and approachable, check its collar as it should have the owner’s contact number on it. Use that to call the owner and arrange collection.

Otherwise, contact your local council.

dog fouling

Contact your local council.

a barking dog

Contact your local council.

a dangerous dog breed

In England or Wales, it is illegal – unless you have an exemption certificate – to own or possess any of the following dog breeds:

  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • XL Bully

Alternatively, if you own or suspect someone else owns a banned dog breed, call 101.

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