A dangerous dog is defined under section 33 Companion Animals Act 1998 as a dog that has been declared to be dangerous by an authorised officer or the court.
What defines a dog to be dangerous?
An authorised officer may declare a dog to be dangerous under Division 1 of Part 5 of the act if they are satisfied that the dog:
a) has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin) or
b) has, without provocation, repeatedly threaten to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin) or
c) is kept or used for hunting.
Collars for dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs.
A declared dangerous, menacing or restricted dog must wear a distinctive collar.
This collar shows members of the community, especially children, that the dog is dangerous or likely to be dangerous.
The collar must consist of red and yellow stripes : each being a width of 25mm and set on a diagonal rim of the collar at an angle of 45 degrees. This collar can be seen on PAWS.