Keeping safe - in your neighbourhood

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (amended May 2014)

Sentencing changes

14 years’ imprisonment if a person dies as a result of a dog attack,

5 years’ imprisonment if a person is injured by a dog attack, and

3 years’ imprisonment if an assistance dog either dies or is injured by a dog attack

Offences (prohibited breeds or types)

 • Section 1(1) sets out which types of dogs the prohibitions in sub-sections apply – namely Pit Bull Terriers (PBT's), Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brazilieros

 • Section 1(2) prohibits the breeding, sale, exchange, advertising, or gift of any dog listed in section 1(1). It also prohibits such dogs from being in a public place without being muzzled and kept on a lead. Furthermore, it also prohibits the abandoning or allowing to stray of such dogs

 • Section 1(3) prohibits the ownership of any type listed under s1(1) unless it is exempted on the Index of Exempted Dogs as per s1(5). Offences (any breed or Type)

 • Amendment since 13th May 2014 Section3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act NOW provides, for the owner or the person in charge at the time of the offence to be guilty of an offence if they allow a dog, of any breed, to be dangerously out of control in any place in England or Wales. The offence is aggravated if the dog injures a person or an assistance dog.

Please Note: There only needs to be grounds for reasonable apprehension that a dog will do so, i.e. A person is in fear of being attacked / injured or their assistance dog for an offence to take place.

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