Dangerous dogs

Any dog is dangerously out of control if:

  • it injures a person
  • it behaves in a way that makes a person worried that it might injure them

If you see an out of control dog we recommend that you ask the owner to get it under control. If the owners refuse to help or can't get the dog under control, and you are still worried, call the police as they have enforcement powers under the revised Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

If you see a dog that is out of control, or you feel threatened by a dog or dog owner, call the police on 101. If it is an emergency, always call 999.

If you’ve found a stray dog that isn’t dangerous, find out how to report a stray dog to us.