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Dangerous dogs

Report banned and dangerous dogs or anti-social behaviour involving dogs.
Dogo Argentino - a breed of dog banned in the UK

Dangerous, aggressive or problem dogs

It is a criminal offence to allow any breed of dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’. This is any type of behaviour involving a dog which could injure, or threaten to injure a person.
A court could also decide that your dog is out of control if:
  • it attacks someone's animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog from attacking their animal.
We will always investigate:
  • banned, dangerous or aggressive dogs in council housing or communal areas
  • dogs that are being allowed to attack other dogs
  • dogs that are being allowed to cause damage to public property (including park benches and trees)
  • dogs being allowed to stray.
We can take legal action against the owner or refer cases to the police.

Report a dangerous dog

To report a dangerous, aggressive or problem dog:
In an emergency, where there is an immediate risk to public safety, call the police on 999.
If you have any concerns about a dangerous dog you can also call the police non-emergency number, 101 or get advice from the Metropolitan Police’s website.

Penalties for owners

If you allow a dog to be dangerously out of control you could face an unlimited fine or prison for up to 14 years, or both. Your dog could also be destroyed and you may not be able to own another dog in the future.
In Newham, we also use dog control orders to deal with irresponsible dog owners.

Banned dogs

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 you must not own, sell, breed, give away or exchange four breeds of dog:
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero.




Report a banned dog

To report a banned dog:
The police or an authorised council officer will investigate and can take a dog if they think it is a banned type. If the owner does not agree it is a banned type, they will have to prove that it is not.

Penalties for owners

The maximum penalty for owning or keeping a banned dog is a fine of £20,000, six months in prison or both. Your dog could also be destroyed and you may not be able to own another dog in the future.
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