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Dog attacks

Under the Dog Control Act 1996 any person who sees a dog attacking any person, animal or bird, or who is attacked by any dog, may either seize or destroy the dog.

This may mean taking action while the attack is happening. Destruction should be considered only if seizing the dog is not an option. You must not first seize and then destroy the dog.

If a dog attacks a person, animal or bird, you have reasonable grounds to make a complaint. Complainants' personal details are confidential.

Barking dog on leash

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