What is an offence involving a dangerous dog, and what can be done?
Every dog owner living in South Yorkshire has a legal responsibility to keep their dog/s under control.
It is a criminal offence for the owner of a dog - or the person in control of the dog at the time if this is not the registered owner - to allow it to be dangerously out of control either in a public place or on private property.
By law, a dog doesn’t have to carry out a physical attack to be considered dangerous. It is also considered dangerously out of control if it causes a person to fear being harmed by the dog, even if harm or injury is not actually caused. Where injury does occur then it is an automatic aggravated offence and, upon a successful conviction, is open to a higher sentence by the court.
It is also important to remember that all dogs must now be microchipped by law, and the details of ownership correctly updated with the relevant organisations.