The Neighbourhood Environment Team responds to reports of dog attacks on people or other domestic animals and livestock.

A member of the team will meet with the complainant, record details of the alleged attack, interview other witnesses and gather information in order to identify the owner of the dog.

Where possible the officer will subsequently interview the dog owner, record statements and view the dog in question.

Once all relevant information has been obtained the Investigating Officer will complete a report. This report will be considered by the Service Unit Manager who will review the evidence and any Investigating Officer’s recommendations. A decision, based on the Council’s policy, will be made on what further action, if any, is appropriate. The further action that could be taken may include the issuing of dog control conditions, or in serious cases, prosecution through the courts.

For more information contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.