Dogs that are classed as 'dangerous' are being bred a business asset in drug deals, debt collection and for their gang image, according to new research.
- The Dangerous Dogs Act is a law introduced in 1991 following a spate of attacks by aggressive or uncontrollable dogs.
- Dangerous dogs are classified by type, not breed, which means that a dog’s physical appearance will determine whether it’s deemed to be prohibited under the law.
- If your dog is seized by the police and found to be a banned type, the court can use its discretion to place them on the list of exempted dogs.
- This means that instead of them being destroyed, you can own them provided you follow certain conditions.
- The dog has to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public, they must be registered, insured, neutered, tattooed and microchipped.
- Defra has announced that all dogs must be microchipped from 2016.
- Changes to the law will also allow owners of dogs who attack on private property to be prosecuted.