Guidance on Dog Control and Welfare for Police and Local Authorities

Results of the Defra survey of police and local authorities in England and Wales on their approaches to dog control and welfare.


In 2017 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) undertook a survey of police and local authorities in England and Wales on their approaches to dog control and welfare and in particular measures and policies to reduce dog attacks. Following this Defra have published a guidance note for local authorities and the police which summarises the results of the survey and includes examples of good practice. The guidance outlines the respective responsibilities for police forces and local authorities and identifies opportunities for partnership working between agencies. 

Guidance on Dog Control and Welfare for Police and Local Authorities

This document was produced by Defra and is provided here for your information.  Any queries related to it should be referred to Defra at: Animal.welfare@defra.gsi.gov.uk