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Keeping your dogs under control

We have seen an increase in calls around dogs being dangerously out of control. The reports have covered the following area’s:

  • in a public place
  • in a private place, for example a neighbour’s house or garden
  • in the owner’s home

The law applies to all dogs.  More information is available on the GOV.UK website

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply

  • it attacks someone’s animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

A farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.

You might be asked to sign a written undertaking to keep your dog under control.  This gives you a warning that a further report could lead to a prosecution.


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