Report a dog attack
Find out what type of dog attacks you should report to us, and what you should report to the police.
How we investigate dog attacks
- 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.
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:
- 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:
- the behaviour that’s led to this warning being issued
- a reasonable time period in which the behaviour must stop
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.