It’s against the law in the UK to let any kind of dog be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where the dog isn’t allowed to be (e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden without permission).
A dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them.
The maximum sentence for being in charge of a dog which causes injury while dangerously out of control in a public place, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, is two years.
A number of dog breeds are completely banned. They are:
Pit Bull Terrier
The maximum penalty for having a banned dog is a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison. The dog will also be destroyed.
Lincolnshire police have confirmed they are investigating a second attack by a dog in Lincoln. Officers were called to a house on Keats Close in the city at around 1.45pm after reports that a 38-year-old woman had been bitten by a dog.
The woman suffered bites and a suspected broken arm inflicted by a Staffordshire bull terrier while intervening in a fight between two dogs. Armed officers went to the address and the dog was destroyed with owner's consent.
Two other dogs in the vicinity have been taken into the care of the Lincoln city council dog warden pending the identification of their owners.
A woman, seriously injured in hospital after being attacked by a dog, is said to have been an 'associate' of the owner. The 22-year-old woman, was taken to Lincoln A & E after the incident which happened around the old quarry at the rear of Outer Circle Road in the the city.
She suffered injuries to her scalp, face and arm and has so far been too ill to speak to police officers. Forensic tests are being carried out to establish the breed of the dog which is a predominately white coloured male American pit bull terrier.
A 22-year-old woman who was attacked by a dog in Lincoln suffering serious injuries is due to have surgery this morning. She was taken to Lincoln County A & E where hospital staff notified the police. Her injuries have been described as "devastating."
Firearms officers and the force helicopter joined the search for the dog, which was found in a quarry near Outer Circle Road in Lincoln. The owner has been arrested.
The owner of a dog which attacked a woman in Lincoln leaving her with serious injuries has been arrested. Police say the 33-year-old local man will be interviewed later and tests will be carried out to confirm the breed of the dog.