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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA1991)


The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 has been amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ASBCP ACT 2014) and the changes will have far reaching implications for both owners of dogs and those in charge of them.


The ASBCP received royal accent on 13th March 2014 and will be introduced over a period of time; some elements of the Act (with particular regard to dogs) have already come into force, whilst other parts will come into effect in the very near future. The parts that amend the DDA 1991 came into effect on 13th May 2014. Part 7 of the Act amends the DDA and extend the offence of a dangerously out of control dog to ALL PLACES (England and Wales). The second part come into effect on 20th November 2014: injunctions, Community Protection Notices (CPN), Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN), Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) and Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO).


This amendment links in with other dog legislation:

Dogs Act 1871

DDA 1991 (as amended 1997)

Control of Dogs Order 1992

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Local Authority bye-laws


Some useful links to advice:

Dangerous Dogs Act 2014
Standards Courses Links The CFBA Team Dangerous Dogs Act 2014 LANTRA Natural Instinct Company Information
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Controlling your dog in public Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Tough new law to help prevent attacks Animal Welfare Act PDF