Reports of dogs out of control in Hollingbourne.

Local PCSO Dave Rowley has received reports of dogs being out of control on the land belonging to the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust which is used by over 100 dog walkers each day. Please Read More for a message from Dave Rowley of Kent Police.

PCSO Dave Rowley writes:-

Out of Control Dogs

Kent Police have recently been made aware of dog owners allowing their dogs to run around The Meadows Trust dangerously out of control.  On one occasion a dog has been seen attacking other dogs.  Dog owners should be aware that it is against the law to allow their animals to be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:

in a public place
in a private place, eg a neighbour’s house or garden
in the owner’s home

The law applies to all dogs.

Out of control

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

injures someone
makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

it attacks someone’s animal
the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

A farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.

Penalties

You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.

If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.

If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine (or both).

If you allow your dog to injure an assistance dog (eg a guide dog) you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).

All instances of dogs being seen dangerously out of control should be reported to Kent Police on 101 or there is concern for public safety then dial 999