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Non-Emergency Enquiries: 101

Q: My pet has been attacked by a dog can the police do anything?

A: It depends on the circumstances, but there have been decisions made in the past, by the courts and authorities, to suggest that it is the nature of a dog to kill and wound small animals. Therefore, in the event of your pet being wounded or killed by a dog, it is not a certainty that the police would take any action. However, Staffordshire Police will take action if the dog was dangerously out of control or any harm was caused to a person. Another possible recourse is to take civil action against the dog owner, but again this would depend on the circumstances.