Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, it’s illegal to own one of the following banned dogs:
• pit bull terrier
• Japenese Tosa
• Dogo Argentino
• Fila Braziliero.
It’s also against the law to sell, abandon, give away or breed from a banned dog.
Whether your dog is a banned type or not depends on what it looks like, rather than its breed or name. For example, if your dog matches many of the characteristics of a pit bull terrier, it still may be a banned type.
Dangerously out of control is when a dog:
• injures someone or an assistance dog or
• makes someone worried that it might injure them or an assistance dog and the person in charge of the dog has no proper control of it.
A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:
• It attacks someone’s animal or
• The owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.
If the dog has been established as dangerously out of control but does not pose an immediate threat to the public, the police and local authorities now have the power to act early to prevent dog attacks before they occur.
These measures could include; attending dog training classes, repairing fencing to their property to prevent the dog escaping or requiring the dog to be muzzled when out in public.
If you’ve lost your dog, or found a dog you believe is lost, you should contact your local council’s dog warden service.
You can also contact DogLost.