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An investigation of measures to reduce dog attacks and promote responsible ownership amongst dog owners with dog control issues in the UK. - AW1410

Some two years ago, Government introduced measures under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 that can be used to help prevent incidents involving a dog from escalating to something more serious. Examples of such incidents might include but not exclusively: too many dogs on a property, dogs causing a nuisance, excessive barking, dogs running loose in a park, dogs persistently escaping from a property. The most basic level of the new measures is a Community Protection Notice which can be served on anyone causing anti-social behaviour including where that involves a dog. Government produced comprehensive guidance on the use of the measures in relation to dogs.

Defra is in the process of conducting a light touch predominantly closed question survey of relevant representatives from the police, local authorities and social landlords on the extent they use this new legislation and to identify any key barriers. A primary objective of this qualitative research will be to supplement and complement that survey, to provide a more in-depth understanding of some of the challenges faced by authorities in implementing the measures as well as perceptions of current effectiveness and how this might be improved.
1. To explore current use and perceived effectiveness of powers granted to Local Authorities and Police forces to tackle the issue of dangerous dogs, and to identify practical opportunities for improvement.

2. To understand current collection and use of data relating to dangerous dogs by various authorities and to identify practical and proportionate opportunities to improve data collection and sharing.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : AW1410 Final Research Report   (746k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2021

Cost: £71,621
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Animal Welfare              
Companion Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare