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 www.gov.uk/control-dog-public
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.