"The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; Section 1, prohibits persons from having in their possession or custody dogs belonging to types bred for fighting, these being:
No person shall:-
Ownership of the above listed types of dog is only permitted where the dog is registered on the index of exempted dogs and is neutered, tattooed and micro-chipped. In addition, these types of dog must also be kept on a lead and muzzled at all times when in a public place.
To report a prohibited breed of dog
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 makes it an offence for any dog to be dangerously out of control in any place, including all private property.
If any dog injures a person when it is out of control, the owner may be guilty of an aggravated offence.
To report that you, or your dog, have been attacked or threatened with attack by a dog or its owner
The term "dog on dog attack" is used when one dog is attacked and injured by another and in general no injuries to a person have taken place.
Action can be taken to deal with a dog on dog attack under the Dogs Act 1871. This piece of legislation can be used by both the Police and Local Authorities, it can also be used in a private prosecution by the owner of a dog which has been attacked .
The Dogs Act 1871 can be applied when a dog on dog attack takes place on either a public place or on private property. Similar to the Dangerous Dogs Act a series of restrictions can be imposed in relation to the dog, however unlike the Dangerous Dogs Act it carries no criminal conviction.
To report a dog on dog attack
If your dog has suffered an attack from another dog you can contact Basildon Council Animal Control for advice, see contact details below.
The Council's Animal Control team records all reported dog related incidents.
Animal Control will often make enquiries with one or more organisations including social housing landlords and the Essex Police when considering what action may be taken.