At Levy & Co Solicitors LLP we have experience in dealing with people who are being prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act. We understand how traumatic it can be to have a dog who is part of your family seized by the police and for you to face criminal charges. Levy & Co has expert knowledge and vast experience in this complex area of law and are on hand to assist you at every stage of proceedings from police station attendances through to court appearances.
It is important to know that we strive for the best result for you and your beloved dog. We work closely with excellent dog behaviourists who can provide expert reports and give evidence if necessary. This can mean the difference between your dog being destroyed or not.
From the 6th April 2016, all dogs in England must be microchipped. If your dog is not then you will be committing an offence which is punishable by a fine of up to £500. Once microchipped you are also responsible for keeping the details up to date should your address change. Your dog should also wear a collar with the owners name and address engraved or written on it when it is in a public place unless your dog is exempt.
Dog Dangerously out of control
It is a criminal offence for the owner and/or the person in charge of a dog to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control. Dangerously out of control can be where a dog has injured a person or another dog or that a person has grounds for reasonable apprehension that it may do so. Your dog chasing, barking or jumping up at a person or child could lead to a complaint being made to police.
There are circumstances where the police can seize your dog. Should you be prosecuted for an offence under this section of the Dangerous Dogs Act, there is a presumption that your dog will be destroyed unless the court can be persuaded that it is not a danger to the public. We at Levy & Co regularly defend dog owners who have found themselves in such a situation and have a high success rate in persuading courts not to impose orders to destroy your dogs.
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, it is an offence to keep certain breeds of dog. Whether or not a dog is a prohibited type of dog is a question of type rather than breed. The most common dogs to be classed as prohibited dogs are Staffordshire bull terrier or American bulldog cross breeds who often measure up as pit bull type dogs. Once the police say your dog is a prohibited type the burden of proof is on you to prove that he is not and to do this requires expert evidence. We have access to the very best breed identification experts and canine behaviourists and do everything we possibly can to get your dog back home as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding an upcoming request for you to attend an interview with police or upcoming court appearance contact one of our dog law experts to day and see how we can help you and your beloved pet.