What happens if I own a banned dog?
If you own one of the dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, the police (or a dog warden) have the legal right to confiscate the dog, even if it hasn’t behaved dangerously and no complaint has been made.
Once a dog has been seized, the police or a council dog expert will assess what type of dog it is and whether it could pose a danger to the public.
If they do consider the dog to be a threat to public safety, you’ll have to go to court to prove that it isn’t – and doesn’t share characteristics with – a banned breed. If you’re successful, you’ll be able to take your dog home with you. If not, however, you could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.