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Under section 3(1) of the 1991 Act (as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, (the ‘2014 Act’)), if any dog is dangerously out of control in any place, including all private property. This includes the home and garden, the owner, or person for the time being in charge of the dog, is guilty of a summary offence. That offence becomes an aggravated offence, and triable either way, if the dog injures any person or an assistance dog while out of control.
Under the legislation the dog does not have to have bitten someone. It is also an offence if a person feels concerned or afraid that a dog may bite them (the term is 'reasonable apprehension'). 

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Contrary to what some police officers will say. They cannot force you to put your dog down. You MUST NOT sign a disclaimer form (if you have contact us immediately so you can rescind). You are entitled to a defence and it is the courts who decide if such an order is made or if they will grant a contingent destruction order allowing your dog to be returned with restrictions.
Under Section 3 Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. You may be entitled to legal aid, but this depends on your circumstances and, if the case is to proceed as civil or criminal. 
Whilst your dog is incarcerated in kennels you cannot visit or see your dog until courts grant a contingent destruction order which will come with restrictions. 

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Above. Desel the American Akita. Seized under Section 3 of the DDA 1991. 
Desel spent nine months in kennels awaiting to go to court and was finally granted a CDO. Contingent Destruction Order with restrictions put in place.

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If your dog has bitten another dog. You may be taken to court under Section 2 Dogs Act 1871. These are Civil proceedings taken against the owner of a dog that is dangerous and not kept under proper control. The court can either order your dog to be destroyed or allowed home under restrictions. 

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