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A dangerous dog is classed as one that is dangerously out of control and you are worried that it might bite or has bitten a person.

If a dog attacks another animal, we are unfortunately unable to help. This is a private matter between the owners of the animals.

The police can deal with incidents where dogs are dangerous towards people. Further information can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police website. Call the police on 101 if you want to report a dangerous dog.

More information about dog control can be found on GOV.UK – Controlling your dog in public.

Laws and regulation

There is an act relating to dangerous dogs. This is the Dangerous Dog Act 1991.

Every dog owner must make sure their pet is not a nuisance. As a dog owner, you must comply with certain laws designed to make sure that people and dogs can live happily and safely together in the community.

Last reviewed: August 9, 2023 by Gemma

Next review due: February 9, 2024

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