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
- In an emergency, where there is an immediate risk to public safety, call the police on 999.
- If it is not urgent, report online…
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:
- The Pitbull Terrier
- The Japanese Tosa
- The Dogo Argentino
- The Fila Braziliero