POLICE officers from across the borough have shared information about how to help prevent dog attacks.

In 2019 there were 50 dog attacks in Barnsley and South Yorkshire Police have worked with Royal Mail and the council to help provide information to prevent further attacks.

At recent pop-up police station events the Barnsley North Neighbourhood Policing Team were distributing leaflets to provide advice to pet owners for them to be aware of.

The leaflet stated: “It is against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in a public place, in a private place, and in the owner's home.

“If your dog is out of control you may be prosecuted, face up-to six months in prison and be given a fine of £5,000.

“If your dog bites somebody in or outside of your home, you may be prosecuted and sent to prison for up-to five years for causing injury and up-to six months where no injury has been sustained.

“If your dog attacks or is deemed to be a danger to Royal Mail staff, delivery to your address or your area may be at risk.

“You must report all dog bites to the police, regardless of how serious they are via 101 or 999 in an emergency.”