Dangerous dog offences

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The revised definitive guideline on dangerous dog offences was issued on 17 March 2016 and came into force on 1 July 2016.

The consultation on the proposed guidelines, which reflect the changes brought about by amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act in 2014, was published on 17 March 2015 and closed on 9 June 2015. There were 70 responses received.

The Council previously issued a definitive guideline on dangerous dog offences on 15 May 2012 and came into force on 20 August 2012. This guideline will remain in force until the new guideline is completed in 2016. The first consultation was open from 15 December 2011 to 8 March 2012. There were 502 responses received.

The following offences are included in the existing definitive guideline:

  • Owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place, injuring any person / Owner or person in charge allowing a dog to be in a private place where the dog is not permitted to be, injuring any person.
  • Owner or person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place / Owner or person in charge allowing a dog to be in a private place where the dog is not permitted to be, which makes a person fear injury.
  • Possession of a prohibited dog / Breeding, selling, exchanging or advertising a prohibited dog.