Dangerous dogs and dog control

Dangerous dogs

Dangerous dogs can be reported to Greater Manchester Police on 101 or dial 999 for emergency cases.

It is an offence to own or keep the following breeds of dog (unless they are on the index of exempted dogs).

  • Pitbull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

If you are illegally keeping one of the dog breeds listed, or you do not follow the requirements needed to keep such breeds of dog, you could be fined up to £5,000 and / or face six months in prison.

Dog barking

Dog barking issues must be discussed with the dog owner as your first port of call. If you still have problems after doing this, you can report it to us as a noise nuisance.

Dog control

Dogs must wear a collar and ID tag in a public place. If your dog is found without these, you may face a fine of up to £5,000 if convicted.

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