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Dangerous and Banned Dogs

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, for example:

  • in a public place
  • in a private place, such as a neighbour’s house or garden
  • in the owner’s home

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • 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.

The law applies to all dogs.

The Police are responsible for taking action if a dog is dangerously out of control.

A dog is considered dangerously out of control if:

  • it injures someone
  • A court can also decide that a 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 the dog attacking their animal

If you are reporting any of the above situations, please report direct to Staffordshire Police, telephone 101, before you report a dangerous dog to us

Report a dangerous dog to the Council

Report a dangerous dog to us

Penalties

You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.

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 a guide dog you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).

Banned Dogs

The law refers to four kinds of banned dogs:

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

You may not own, breed from, sell, give away or abandon any banned dog. The police may seize your dog if they think it is a banned type (Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991, Sect 1).

Last updated 3 October 2019

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