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, this should be reported to the police by calling 101 (999 if someone is in immediate danger) or emailing 101@gloucestershire.police.uk.

Dog on dog attacks

If a dog attacks an assistance dog this is classed as an offence, and should be reported to the police by calling 101 (999 if someone is in immediate danger) or emailing 101@gloucestershire.police.uk.

You can report any other dog on dog attack to our community protection officers who will investigate and take the appropriate action. We will also contact the police.  

You may also want to report the matter to the police directly if you class the incident to be serious, for example resulting in a dog needing veterinary treatment or losing its life. Call 101 (999 if someone is in immediate danger) or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk.

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 be required to supply a statement.

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