Dogs dangerously out of control

Below is some information and advice about dangerous dogs.

  • Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs are kept under proper control so as not to cause a nuisance or a danger to people or other animals.
  • Owners should know how their dog will behave when coming across people and animals it is not familiar with.
  • If your dog is aggressive or hard to control then in order to prevent it harming or annoying other people or their animals you should consider keeping it on a lead and muzzling it if necessary.
  • It is essential to get your dog trained and to follow any recommendations made by your vet.
  • Where a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place and has injured someone, or behaves in a way that makes a person worried it may injure them, you will need to contact Thames Valley Police or dial 101. All police services should have a dog liaison officer who will be able to advise you.
  • Should your dog or pet be attacked by another dog on private land this will be a civil matter between you and the owner concerned.
  • We do not have the powers to force dog owners whose dog has injured your animal to pay all or part of any veterinary cost.