Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, we can declare a dog dangerous if it is involved in an attack on a person or animal.
Your dog could be declared dangerous if it is:
- trained to attack people or animals in order to guard humans or property
- kept to guard non-residential property
- involved in a serious attack on another animal or a person
- declared dangerous by another council.
If a dog is declared as dangerous, under the Domestic Animals Act, the owner must:
- keep the dog indoors or in an enclosure that is child-proof and escape-proof, unless the dog is guarding a non-residential property
- place warning signs prominently at the each entrance of the premises
- place a dangerous dog collar on the dog to identify that it is a dangerous dog
- ensure the dog is wearing a lead and a muzzle when outside its premises.