The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires that any dog in a public place must be properly identifiable by wearing a collar and tag detailing the name, address and postcode of the owner.
These details should be engraved onto a tag attached to your dog’s collar. A shortened version of your address is acceptable, e.g. 2 Cherry Ave and then the postcode.
A fine of up to £5,000 is applicable if your dog does not have a collar on tag with this information on. The fact that your dog is micro-chipped or has an ear tattoo does not prevent you from being fined for not having the correct tag. Your telephone number is optional.
From April 2016 it will be compulsory for every dog to be micro-chipped too. Owners’ details will be maintained on a central database and all changes will have to be notified.
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 it is an offence for the owner or person in charge of the dog to allow a dog to be “dangerously out of control” in a public place. A “dangerously out of control” dog can be defined as a dog that has injured someone, or one where a person has reason to feel apprehensive that it may do so.
The Dangerous Dog Act applies to every single dog in England and Wales regardless of its size or breed.
A dog chasing another dog, barking or jumping up at a person(s) or child could be seen as dangerous by the general public.