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Report a dog attacking my pet or other animals

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An attack by a dog on another dog, cat, horse or other animal can result in a prosecution of the owner and the destruction of the dog, depending on the circumstances.

When we will take action

There have been decisions in the past by courts and authorities to suggest that it is the nature of a dog to kill and wound small animals. Therefore, in the event of your pet being wounded or killed by a dog, it is not a certainty that any action will be taken.

However, we will take action if the dog was deemed to be dangerously out of control, as defined by Section Three of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

What action we will take

The owner of the offending dog may be issued a Community Protection Notice by the police warning them in the first instance to try to protect other animals from further injury by the dog.

What other options do I have?

If the police do not take action the other possible recourse is to take civil action against the dog owner under Section Two of the Dogs Act 1871, depending on the circumstances. Please note that different regulations where the attack involves farm animals.

Deliberate attacks and dog fighting

Please note that this advice does not apply to deliberate attacks or dog fights. These are treated as separate offences that should be reported to Nottinghamshire Police in all cases using the contact details provided on this page.

Report an incident

In an emergency

If there is an immediate threat to your or an animal’s safety, please call 999 immediately.

In any other situation

In any other circumstances, please contact Nottinghamshire Police using the 101 non-emergency number.

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