Dog control

Dangerous or stray dogs

Dangerous dogs

We work closely with the Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Metropolitan Police Dog Section and their Status Dogs Unit, RSPCA and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to deal with dangerous dogs. 

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (Section 1) defines the specific breeds that are banned from the UK.                             

DEFRA provides information about dangerous dogs and complying with the law.

As well as what the law says, if you are a council tenant, leaseholder or tenant of a leaseholder, the council may take action against you under the tenancy agreement for keeping a dangerous dog at the property.

Stray dogs

Sections 149 - 151 of the Environmental Protection Act refer to stray dogs and the powers given to local authorities to deal with strays. A dog in a public place without the owner or another person present, is a stray dog. 

We take stray dogs to Battersea Dogs and Cat Home for kennelling.  If your dog is micro-chipped, it allows us to re-unite you with your pet quickly and easily.

But if officers pick up the same dog more than once, then it may be held at private outer London kennels and you will have to pay to get your dog back. 

If you have lost your dog then contact us, and also contact Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - Lost Dog Line.  

If you have found a dog, contact us and we will arrange to collect it from you as soon as we can. Or you can take the dog to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's stray dog reception point.