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Unfamiliar and Aggressive Dogs

Alert message sent 17/07/2020 20:14:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Good Evening All,
 
We have recently received a report of a dog biting someone. The dog was not on a lead and was able to run away from the owner and bite the victim’s arm.
 
Initial Police enquires indicate the dog as a breed which comes under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and therefore has been seized whilst enquires continue.
 
I would like to take the time to offer advice of what to do when you meet an aggressive or an unfamiliar dog.
 
Advice:
  • Stay calm
  • Talk to the dog calmly in a pleasant tone of voice
  • Get something as solid as possible between you and the dog
  • Watch the dog – but do not stare into his/her face
  • You may need to move, either behind something or to get away from the dog
  • Do not make sudden movements or run, just walk slowly away from the dog

In the event of an attack the RSPCA advises you should:
  • Fend the dog off rather than try to fight back
  • Do not scream or yell
  • Continue to walk slowly away, backwards or sideways

If you're bitten or intimidated by a dog when you using a public right of way always report the problem to both the police and to the local Dog Warden.

Follow the link below to the RSPCA website if you would like some more information on what to do with an unfamiliar dog: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/company/unfamiliar

If you would like more information about the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 then please follow this link :
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1991/65/contents#:~:text=An%20Act%20to%20prohibit%20persons%20from%20having%20in,kept%20under%20proper%20control%3B%20and%20for%20connected%20purposes.

Keep Safe
 
PCSO 17670 SETFORD
 
Message sent by
Ailish Setford (Police, PCSO, New Forest District)

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