It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, eg:
- in a public place
- in a private place (eg a neighbour’s house or garden)
- in the owner’s home
The law applies to all dogs.
Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:
- injures someone
- makes someone worried that it might injure them
- it injures someone’s animal
- the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal
Attention! A farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or sent to prison for up to 6 months if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years and/or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years and/or get an unlimited fine.
If you allow your dog to injure a guide dog you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years and/or fined.