Enforcement of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is the responsibility of the police and local authorities.
Following the tragic events in Merseyside earlier this year, my officials have been in close contact with the police service. The police are taking forward initiatives to ensure that the law is enforced more effectively. I welcome this and my officials will work closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers to facilitate better enforcement of the law.
DEFRA has already issued a guidance leaflet, “Types of dog prohibited in Great Britain”, to assist enforcement agencies in identifying prohibited types of dog.