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.
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Following a complaint, the dog owner may be issued with a written warning or an infringement notice, and the dog could be classified as dangerous or menacing. Our Animal Control Team may be able to work with owners to prevent attacks happening again. We may also prosecute the owner of the dog, but this would depend on the severity of the attack.
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Page last updated: 03:49PM Wed 13 October 2021