Report a dog attack

The Dangerous Dogs Act applies to all dog owners no matter what size or breed, whether your pet is a Chihuahua, a Cockapoo or a Collie cross. It is a criminal offence for the person in charge of a dog to allow it to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place.

What is classed as a dog attack?

It is an attack if a dog:

  • rushes at
  • attacks
  • bites
  • harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the person or animal

Dog attack on a person

If a dog has attacked or bitten a person it should be reported to the Police immediately by calling 101 or reporting it on the Police website.

 If someone is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.

Dog on dog attacks

If a dog has attacked another dog or animal, this should be reported to the council via the report it link below.

Our neighbourhood team will investigate your report, liaise with the Police and take further action where necessary.

To help us investigate an incident we will need the following information:

  • date and time of incident
  • place of incident
  • full description of dog(s) involved, such as breed, colour with identifying marks, sex
  • description of owner or person in charge of dog(s)
  • address of owner if known
  • contact details of any witnesses if you have these

Following submission of your report, you may need to supply a statement or further information.

Report a dog attack online

If you would like to speak to a neighbourhood officer for advice you'll find contact details in the team's A to Z listing.