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Report concerns about a dangerous dog

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Every dog owner has a legal responsibility to keep their dog/s under proper control. It is a criminal offence for the owner of a dog or the person in control of the dog at the time, allow it to be dangerously out of control either in public or on private property.

By law, a dog is dangerously out of control if it causes a person to fear being harmed by the dog, even if harm or injury is not actually caused. Where injury does occur then it is an automatic aggravated offence and on conviction is open to a higher sentence by the court.

All dogs must now be micro chipped by law and owner details correctly updated.

When to contact Nottinghamshire Police

  • If a dog is dangerously out of control, has bitten a person or animal or is likely to bite.
  • If the dog is suspected to be one of four banned breeds – Pit Bull Terrier-type, Japanese Tosa, Fila Braziliero or Dogo Argentino.
  • If a person is breeding, selling, giving away or advertising for sale a banned breed of dog.
  • If a dog has been worrying livestock.

When to contact your local council:

Local authorities dog warden service deal with stray dogs and are also best placed to work with dog owners with regards to:

Dogs with children

Every year a number of incidents occur with children being bitten by a dog in the family home or at an address they are visiting as a friend etc. It is always good advice never to leave a dog and children together without adult supervision.

Children don’t always appreciate the impact their behavior can have on a dog and the response it may cause. Child safety issues are usually managed by a joint agency approach including police and local authorities etc. However where there are real concerns over the presence of a dog in a home where children are present then advice can be obtained initially from the police.

Report a dog attack or bite

If you or your dog have suffered or been bitten by a dangerously out of control dog, please follow the below advice: