How we investigate dog attacks

We investigate:

  • dogs causing fear or injury to people
  • dogs injuring other dogs in public places
  • attacks on assistance dogs

We cannot investigate cases that the police are already investigating.

    We cannot take action without a formal statement and a commitment to appear at court if we need you to.

    Download a witness statement form.

    We'll keep your personal details confidential unless the matter goes to court.

    Community protection notice

    A community protection notice (CPN) orders the person responsible for the dog (usually the dog owner) to stop or control its behaviour.

    A CPN is usually issued to deal with minor incidents, including when a dog:

    • strays
    • causes alarm
    • damages property
    • shows it’s capable of aggression or is aggressive towards other dogs / animals.

    A CPN orders the responsible person to:

    • stop doing something, e.g. letting the dog into children’s play areas
    • do specified things, e.g. muzzling the dog
    • take reasonable steps to get specific results, e.g. attending dog-training classes

    A CPN can last for as long as the authority issuing it believes is necessary (e.g., 2 weeks to fix a fence, or several months to allow someone to attend a training course).

    A CPN may be issued if the dog’s behaviour is persistent, unreasonable and negatively affects the quality of life of people or animals.

    A written warning will be issued before a CPN.

    Written warning before a CPN

    The written warning must state:

    1. the behaviour that’s led to this warning being issued
    2. a reasonable time period in which the behaviour must stop
    3. what happens if they’re issued with a CPN and the penalties for not following a CPN

    Report a dog attack to the animal wardens

    Send an email to animalwardens@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 294 266.

    Read our animal wardens complaint or query privacy notice for information on how we collect, store and process your data.

    Report a different dog incident

    You should contact the police about:

    • dogs used as weapons
    • incidents involving guard dogs
    • incidents involving any of the banned breeds listed in section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (amended)
    • serious dog attacks on humans

    To report incidents like this, phone Sussex Police on 101.