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The following questions are to be found on the Police Website www.askthe.police.uk

It is advisable to go on line and read the answers, so that you are quite clear on the law regarding dogs.

Q21:   There is a dog in a vehicle that appears hot and distressed, what should I do?

A;   It is not advisable to force entry to the vehicle yourself.  Your first step should be to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 to inform them of the details namely, the condition of the dog, the registration number and location of the car.

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Q23:   My pet has been attacked by a dog can the Police do anything?

A:  It depends on the circumstance but there have been decisions in the past by courts and authorities to suggest that it is the nature of a dog to kill and wound small animals.

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Q248:   I have lost my dog, what do I do?

A:   Most dogs do return of their own free will...

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NOTE: The police no longer have responsibility for stray dogs.

Q434:   I have knocked over an animal do I have to report it?

A:   Some animals do not come within the definition of animal within the Road Traffic Act 1988...

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Q524:   What happens if my pet dog bites an intruder in my house?

A:   This will depend on the exact circumstances of the incident.  The following should be used as a guide only for scenarios as each case will be considered individually.

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Q661:   Does my dog have to wear a collar with my name and address on it?

A:   Yes, the law states that every dog whilst on a highway or in a public place has to wear a collar with the name of the owner on it.

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