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.

    To decide if we should take the dog owner to court, we’ll look at: 

    • evidence
    • how sever the attack was
    • threat to public safety
    • cost of the vet's bill

    The court can give an order for the owner to muzzle their dog and keep it on a lead. It can also order the owner to neuter the dog and pay costs.

    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.