The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
The dangerous dogs act was introduced in 1991 in response to various incidents of assaults by dogs on the general public. Some of these attacks caused serious injuries or in the worst cases even deaths by irresponsible owners with dangerous, aggressive and uncontrolled dogs.
These attacks received large amounts of attention from the UK media especially when the attacks involved children which caused widespread concern which ultimately lead to legislation being introduced.
"An Act to prohibit persons from having in their possession or custody dogs belonging to types bred for fighting; to impose restrictions in respect of such dogs pending the coming into force of the prohibition; to enable restrictions to be imposed in relation to other types of dog which present a serious danger to the public; to make further provision for securing that dogs are kept under proper control; and for connected purposes".
Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits ownership of certain types or breeds of dogs unless they have been exempted by a court and added to Index of Exempted Dogs (1997 Amendment act).
The four banned types or breeds of dog are as follows:
- the Pit Bull Terrier
- the Japanese Tosa
- the Dogo Argentino
- the Fila Brasileiro
More information on Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 specific page.