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Man bailed after woman attacked by dog in Lincoln

A 22-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a dog attack. Lincolnshire police launched a major operation involving armed officers and the force helicopter to track down the animal in a quarry on Outer Circle Road.

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Dog attacks: What's the law?

Pitbulls, like this one, are banned in the UK Credit: PA

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
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

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.

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