Dog attacks

Find out which organisation you can report dog attacks to.

Dog attacks in a public place

If a dog is dangerously out of control, the owner or the person in charge of the dog is guilty of committing an offence.

For more information about out of control dogs in public places and to report an incident, visit the Sussex Police website.

Dog attacks on a person

If the dog injures a person this may be an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (regardless of the breed). The attack should be reported to the police.

For more information and to report an incident, visit the Sussex Police website.

Dog attacks on dogs and other animals

If a dog attacks another dog, cat or another animal, it is best dealt with by taking civil action against the dog’s owner and you should contact your solicitor to get advice. Citizens Advice may also be able to help. Horsham District Council cannot take action on behalf of a complainant seeking civil redress (damages or payment of vet bills).

Horsham District Council cannot deal with the many individual instances of dog attacks that take place each month. However, you can report an attack on another dog that results in an injury and we will keep this information on file.

If we receive three separate accounts of attacks by the same dog in a six month period, we will send a warning letter to the dog owner. This may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or Community Protection Notice. Both can result in a fine and measures being put in place.