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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (as amended):


Commonly referred to as the DDA, the Dangerous Dogs Act was introduced in August 1991, amended in 1997 and 2014.


The Legislation is composed of different sections and part of it covers all types of dogs.



Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 - Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)


Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 - Section Three

Dangerous Dogs Act Amendments - the commencement date for these changes to the DDA was May 2014.

Some Relative Statute and Case Law


The Dogs Act 1871:


Only section two of the Dogs Act 1871 remains in force at the present time.

Section two of the Dogs Act refers to a dog that is dangerous and not kept under proper control and can result in a control order (with or without conditions attached) or destruction of the dog.

The Dogs Act is a civil complaint and can therefore be brought by anyone.

It covers private and public property.

The Dogs Act only applies to the owner of the dog, regardless of who is in charge of the dog at the time.

There isn’t a presumption towards destruction of the dog and fines and compensation orders cannot be granted by the court.

The police do not have power to seize a dog pending legal proceedings.

As a civil Act legal aid is not available, should you lose you may be granted legal aid on appeal.

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Care has been taken to ensure that our information is correct. The information and advice given by DDA Watch is for general purposes and is intended for guidance only, it does not constitute legal advice. The information and opinions expressed should not be relied on or used as a substitute for legal advice, if you require details concerning your rights, legal advice or find yourself affected by legislation it is recommended that you seek professional legal advice. 

Information given is for England and Wales only. Legislation in Scotland and N.Ireland may differ.


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