Dangerous, aggressive or problem dogs
It is a criminal offence to allow any breed of dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’. This is any type of behaviour involving a dog which could injure or insight fear to a person.
Burnley Council will investigate reports of the following incidents -
- banned, dangerous or aggressive dogs in the borough of Burnley
- dogs that are being allowed to attack other dogs
- dogs that are being allowed to cause damage to public property (including park benches and trees)
- dogs being allowed to stray
- A dog causing fear and apprehension to a person
If a dog attacks a human – Please contact the Police 101
In an emergency, where there is an immediate risk to public safety, call the police on 999.
Reporting a Dangerous Dog
To report a dangerous, aggressive or problem dog:
- call us on 01282 425011
- fill in our online form
- In an emergency, where there is an immediate risk to public safety, call the police on 999.
It is illegal to possess the below banned breeds without a certificate of exemption, which is granted once the dog is neutered, insured, and has a micro-chip implant. These dogs cannot be in a public place without being muzzled and being securely kept on a lead by a person who is not less than 16 years old.
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 you must not own, sell, breed, give away or exchange four breeds of dog please see examples below:
The Pitbull Terrier
The Japanese Tosa
The Dogo Argentino
The Fila Braziliero