Dangerous dogs

If you believe you are in immediate danger please dial 999. Otherwise, contact Essex Police on 101.

It is a criminal offence for a person in charge of a dog to allow it to be dangerously out of control anywhere in England and Wales whether or not in a public place.

A dog may is dangerously out of control if:
  • it attacks and injures a person or an assistance dog
  • it causes a person to worry that it may injure them or an assistance dog, and the person in charge of the dog has no proper control of it
  • it attacks another person's animal · the owner of an animal thinks that they could receive get injured trying to stop your dog attacking their animal