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Dangerous dogs

Have you been attacked or threatened by a person with a dangerous dog?

If you've been a victim of a dog attack, you're probably going through a mixture of emotions - fear, anger, pain.

You should seek medical help no matter how minor the injury appears. You should also get the police involved. Find the best way to contact us here.

If you don't want to make the call to the police, speak to someone like a parent or teacher - they can make the call for you.

  • Contact your local police station or Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency and someone is in immediate danger call 999.
  • If you feel unable to talk to the police, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (they won't ask your name and will not trace your call)
  • Or for more information visit the ‘Reporting crime’ section on the Metropolitan Police website or the ‘How to contact us’ page on this site.

If you've been threatened by an owner with their dog or are worried about being attacked by a dog there are still things you can do.

If you know the owner of the dog and he or she is encouraging the dog to act in this way, or maybe just isn't doing anything about it, perhaps what you're experiencing is related to a bigger problem. Perhaps your situation is linked to one of the other sections on this site - bullying, gangs and group violence or anti-social behaviour.

Who to talk to

  • Talk to your parents, teacher or other adult you trust about what's happening.
  • You could also call ChildLine on 0800 1111. You can speak to a professional in confidence without having to give your name.

Getting more help

For more information about dangerous and illegal dogs visit our 'Get the facts' or 'More help and advice' pages.