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Dangerous dogs

The breeds specially controlled by the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 are:

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

All owners of these breeds must have carried out the following procedures:

  • The dog must be registered with their local police station.
  • The dog must be identichipped.
  • The dog must be muzzled and kept on a lead when in a public place and kept in charge of a person over the age of 16 years.
  • The dog must be tattooed on the inner thigh.
  • The dog must be neutered.
  • The dog must be covered by third party insurance.

Any person not adhering to these laws or found not carrying a certificate of exemption is liable to have their dog seized by the police.

A court case will then follow and if found guilty of the offence the court will likely order the dog to be destroyed and sentence the owner to six months in prison and/or a fine not exceeding £2,000.

The act also applies to other breeds.

Any other dog

It is an offence to allow your dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place or a private place where it is not permitted to be, even if it does not cause injury.

If the dog does cause injury and the case is proven in court, the dog will be destroyed and the owner faces 2 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

Therefore, all dogs must be kept under control at all times when in a public place.

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