The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 In Brief(as amended 1997)
It is important for all dog owners to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under current legislation. We have provided detailed articles on the website but here's a brief guide to the most commonly used current laws.
It is a criminal offence to own or be in possession of the following four breeds and breed 'types'.
Is the only part of the Act that is breed specific. The police have power of seizure and there is a presumption for destruction UNLESS the courts are satisfied that the dog poses no danger to public safety.
Criminal charges can be brought under Section 1 AND Section 3 if the dog is one to which Section 1 applies and which has caused injury or fear of injury.
Dogs Act 1871
Civil application which can be brought by ANY person against the owner of a dog in any place whether public or private.
There is no power of seizure under this Act and no presumption for destruction. The courts MAY order destruction however they are more likely to impose a control order with or without restrictions.
For a more detailed explanation, and for information on other dog related legislation please see the relevant sections on the site.