Dangerous dogs

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.

Page last updated: Thursday, 17 October 2019