Dog warden service

2. Dangerous dogs

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came into force to control and ban the illegal breeding, selling and ownership of the following 4 dog breeds:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

These breeds are renowned to be bred for fighting. If you have reason to suspect that someone is breeding or keeping one of these breeds, you must report this immediately to the police by calling 101.

You can also contact our dog warden team about your concerns. You can email us at or call 0161 474 4181.

Dog attacks

The intention of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was to protect people. Prior to the Act, there were no criminal penalties for injuries or deaths caused by dog attacks.

We’re advised of dog attacks and incidents involving other dogs and humans. These incidents are taking place whilst the dog’s owner is present. These situations are dealt with through civil litigation.

Our dog warden team can support by carrying out a welfare visit and offering dog obedience classes, provided by Dogs Trust. You can find out more about this training on the Dogs Trust website.

To report a dog attack, email and include:

  • your name
  • your address
  • your contact details
  • details of the incident
  • the address of the attacking dog

You can also call us on 0161 474 4181.

Responsible dog ownership

The Dangerous Dog Act 1991 serves to protect our residents and promote responsible dog ownership.

Our Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) also promotes responsible dog ownership. It sets out the standards that should be maintained to provide a clean and safe borough for us all to live and work in. You can find out more on our PSPOs webpages.