Dog on Dog Attacks

Dogs are social creatures and their natural instinct is to go and see other dogs when ever they can. In most cases they part without incident. On some rare occasions dogs dislike one another and display aggression. Often, leaving them alone will enable them to resolve matters.

Dog on Dog Incidents

The best way to deal with these matters is between the owners. Usually, separating the dogs and moving on will suffice if no harm arose.

There are several sanctions available to the police in such cases:

  • A voluntary control order or a promise to settle vets fees.
  • An application to court for an order to keep the dog under control.
  • Prosecution. The maximum penalty is six months imprisonment if no human was injured. A destruction order can also be imposed.

Dog and Dog Attacks on Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are guide dogs or other dogs specially trained to assist a disabled person. If your dog injures or kills an assistance dog whilst dangerous and out of control the maximum sentence is three years imprisonment. The court will make a destruction order in such cases.

Avoiding Dog on Dog attacks

You know your dog better than any one else. The key to avoiding a dog on dog incident is avoidance. You can practice avoidance by:

  • Keeping your dog in secure conditions at home to avoid the dog becoming involved in a territorial dispute with a passing dog;
  • Keeping you dog under control when out walking. Prevent your dog approaching other dogs if you do not know them.
  • Listening to other dog walkers when they tell you that their dog does not like attention.
  • Size doesn’t matter. Our caseload suggests that little dogs are often be the aggressors. Some owners will seek to blame the bigger dogs.
  • Keep your dog insured. Third party insurance comes as standard with many veterinary expenses and household insurance policies. Insurance can also be purchased separately. It doesn’t stop the incident but it might protect you from a claim.

My dog was involved in a dog on dog attack – what should I do?

 These are general guidelines – call us for specific advice:
  • Make sure that both dogs are secure on the lead and under control.
  • Check the dog for injuries. If there is a need for veterinary help, organise that quickly. Use your phone to take photographs of any injuries. You may want to take photographs even if there are no injuries
  • If you and the owner of the other dog are both satisfied that there are no injuries, that should be the end of the matter.
  • If there are injuries exchange details with the other dog’s owner. Do not admit liability.

Dog on Dog Attacks – Police Involvement

If you are contacted by the police or the dog warden as a result of a complain about your dog, it is time to take legal advice. Call us on 0151 480 4061.

Early intervention can help. We can represent you at interview and take steps to avoid your dog being seized.

Dog on Dog Attacks – Civil Claims

If you have insurance contact your insurer as soon as you receive a claim. They will tell you what to do.

If you don’t have insurance call us for advice on 0151 480 4061.

Dog on Dog Attacks – Case Studies

A greyhound getting out of a car grabbed a smaller dog by the neck. The police prosecuted our client for having a dog dangerously out of control. They also sought a destruction order under the Dogs Act 1871. The case against our client was discontinued by the CPS after our involvement.

Two dogs approached one another in a park whilst both were off the lead. The owner of the smaller dog alleged that they were fighting and picked the smaller dog up. No complaint was made at the time. Later on the owner of the smaller dog later alleged she had been bitten. The case was reported to the police. We intervened at interview and the police were satisfied they could not say which dog had bitten and did not pursue the case.

PAWS Legal – Helping Your Dog on Dog Attack Case

If your dog has been in a dog on dog attack incident, don’t panic. Call us immediately on 0151 480 4061 and our expert team will make sure you know what the next steps are.