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DEFRA produces guidance leaflet
on Dangerous Dogs legislation


Defra has launched a 16 page leaflet containing guidance on types of dogs prohibited in Great Britain.

The leaflet contains pictures and key characteristics of the species of dogs banned in Great Britain. It also explains the impact of the legislation on dogs being brought into the UK.

The leaflet is aimed at both the enforcement agencies but also to members of the public who would like to bring their dog into Great Britain via the Pet Travel Scheme but are unsure whether their animal is banned from Great Britain..

There are four species of dogs covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. These are the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero.

And the leaflet also contains a Question and Answer section on the legislation., which has been drawn up by Defra’s Animal Welfare Division.

2 Details will also be sent out to local authority organisations, veterinary associations, carriers under the Pet Travel Scheme, quarantine bodies and the police.

3 Further information about the Dangerous Dogs legislation can be obtained from Defra (Tel: 020 7904 6461). Information on the Pet Travel Scheme is also available (Tel: 0870 241 1710).

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