Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous Dogs

Reporting a Dangerous Dog

Dangerous dogs are dealt with under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control:

  • in a public place

  • in a private place where the dog isn't allowed to be (e.g. a neighbour's house or garden without permission)

The law applies to all dogs.

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:

  • it injures someone's animal

  • the owner of the 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 can be given an unlimited fine and/or sent to prison for up to 6 months if you are found guilty for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control. You may also not be allowed to own a dog in the future.

If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.

If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine (or both).

If you allow your dog to injure an assistance dog (e.g. a guide dog) you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).

The police deal with dangerous dogs including under the following circumstances:

  • If the dog has bitten a person or is likely to bite

  • If the dog is a suspected banned breed for example Pit bull terrier type, Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino

  • If a person is breeding, selling or advertising for sale a banned breed of dog

  • If a dog has been worrying livestock

If you are aware of a dangerous dog please call the Police on 101

All owners have a duty to ensure that their dog does not cause a nuisance to people or other animals and is kept under control in a public place at all times.

Dog attacks on other animals are dealt with under the Dogs Act 1871. Magistrates can place control orders on dogs that are dangerous and not kept under proper control or instruct that the dog be destroyed. You as the person in charge would be liable for any damage to property, injuries to a person or veterinary fees incurred by the other party.

If you are a council tenant restrictions and nuisance regulation apply please refer to Broxtowe Borough Council Tenancy Agreement Policy for the keeping of animals.

Neighbourhood Wardens
tel: 0115 917 3142