Dangerous Dogs

We take steps to protect the public from dangerous dogs

Dogs that are naturally aggressive or hard to control should be kept on a lead in public, or muzzled. Owners of aggressive dogs should be aware of the danger to others and take steps to avoid any incidents.

If your dog is attacked by another dog, use the ‘Report’ option to tell us as soon as possible.

Although we can take certain actions, we cannot force dog owners to pay for your injured animal’s vet bills.

If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, you must call the Police, not us.

You may be asked to give a witness statement for use in court. The courts have the power to imprison and disqualify people from owning a dog for as long as they think necessary.

Dangerous breeds

If you would like to discuss a dog you suspect is dangerous you should call the police for more information.  Some dog breeds have been outlawed as they are naturally dangerous. The illegal breeds are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

If you own one of these dogs, you must have it registered on the index of exempt dogs. Registered dogs must be kept on a lead and muzzled when in a public place. Not doing this is a criminal offence and a court may order the animal to be destroyed.