§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 provides that all exempted dogs—that is, fighting dogs such as the pit bull terrier—must be muzzled when in a public place. The Act also gives the courts powers to impose a muzzling order on a dog of any breed or type which they judge potentially or actually dangerous.
In addition, my right hon. and learned Friend has a reserve power under section 2 of the Act to impose restrictions relating to muzzling, leashing and abandoning any breed or type of dog which, after having taken advice, he considers presents a serious danger to the public. The need to use this power is kept under review.