It is important for all dog owners to be aware of when a dog can be classified as dangerous or menacing, and what that means for the owner.
The Council has the authority to classify dogs as dangerous or menacing.
A dog can be classified as dangerous if:
When a dog is classified as dangerous, the dog owner has a right to object within 14 days of receiving the classification notice. Objections must be in writing.
If the Council has classified a dog as dangerous, the owner:
must ensure that the dog is kept within a securely fenced portion of the owner’s property that it is not necessary to enter to obtain access to at least one door of any dwelling on the property; and
must not allow the dog to be at large or in any public place or in any private way, except when confined completely within a vehicle or cage, without being—
(i) muzzled in such a manner as to prevent the dog from biting but to allow it to breathe and drink without obstruction; and
(ii) controlled on a leash (except when in a dog exercise area specified in a bylaw made under section 20(1)(d)(external link)); and