The Government are proposing the following:
- To extend section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act to allow owners to be prosecuted for allowing their dogs to be dangerously out of control in any place, including private property.
- Allow dogs mentioned in section 1(deemed to be of a banned breed) to be granted "bail" meaning that following seizure by the police, if the dog was not deemed to be a threat to public safety and the owner was deemed responsible, the dog could be returned to the owner rather than going into police kennelling prior to any court date.
- To increase the fee for a section 1 dog to be placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs.
- To consult on plans to make micro-chipping compulsory for puppies.
You have until the consultation closes on 15th June to give your views and you can do so by quickly filling in this survey or by e-mailing Defra directly at:
To help you fill in the survey have a look at the answers given by Dogs Trust which reflect that they don't think the Governments proposals go far enough. Use this as a guide but remember to try and put it as much in your own words as possible.