The Dangerous Dogs Act covers any dog which is dangerously out of control in a public place or private place where it is not permitted to be, The dog is not required to cause injury if the dog causes fear or apprehension that it may harm someone,then the dog may be prosecuted under the act . If the dog causes injury then it may be found guilty of an aggravated offence.
Any dog that is prosecuted under the act and found guilty , may receive an order from the court to be destroyed, and the court may sentence the owner for up to six months custodial sentence and give the owner a fine up to standard scale level 5 .
Although The Dangerous Dogs Act names specific breeds of dogs, it is not confined to these breeds. Any dog that causes fear,apprehension or injury to a person may be prosecuted under the act.
There are breeds specifically named under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, these are:-
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Pit Bull Terrier Types
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
All owners of these breeds must have carried out the following procedures:
- Must be registered with their local police station
- Must be identichipped
- Must be muzzled and kept on a lead when in a public place and kept in charge of a person over the age of 16 years
- Must be tattooed on the inner thigh
- Must be neutered
- Must be covered by third party insurance
- Any person not adhering to these laws or found not carrying a certificate of exemption is liable to have their dog seized by the police.
- A court case will then follow and if found guilty of the offence the court will likely order the dog to be destroyed and sentence the owner to 6 months in prison and/or a fine up to standard scale level 5.