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Proposals for a draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill

This consultation gives details on our proposals to introduce legislation on out of control dogs.
Start of consultation: 23/11/2012
End of consultation: 01/03/2013

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The Welsh Government wants to improve dog welfare by promoting responsible ownership to prevent dogs from becoming out of control. As part of our Road Map on Dog Welfare, we want to identify dogs before they become out of control. 

This consultation is asking for views on the content of a Bill which aims to:

  • Address the issues of out of control dogs;
  • Introduce a new enforcement mechanism; and
  • Lead to more responsible dog ownership
To do this we are proposing to develop new legislation by:
  • Making changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to make it an an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control anywhere in Wales including private property. The existing law only applies to public property and private places where the dog is not allowed to be. We also propose to amend this Act to make it an offence for a dog to attack certain other animals;
  • To encourage more responsible dog ownership through training, and issuing dog control notices (DCN’s) where appropriate

Children and young people

We are keen to hear from children and young people and their views on this proposed new law. There is a children and young people’s version of the consultation document below.