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Dogs Seized Under The Dangerous Dogs Act in 2015

Question

Q2. How many Community Protection Notices, Injunctions or Criminal Behaviour Orders have been issued under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 for dog-related incidents in 2015?

Clarification received:

The timeframe we are interested in is 01/01/2015-31/12/2015

Q3. (a) How many dogs has the force seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991in 2015?

(b) If recorded, please list the breeds of all the dogs seized

Q4. (a) How many dogs seized under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were euthanased? Where possible, please specify the reason they were euthanased (see Annex 1)

Annex 1

Potential reasons why a dog may be euthanased under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991:

  • The dog was a banned breed and didn’t meet the requirements for an exemption
  • The owner of the dog was deemed to not be a fit and proper person to be responsible for the animal by the court
  • The owner chose to relinquish the animal before or after the court case.

(b) How many dogs seized under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act were released under the Interim Exemption Scheme prior to a court case?

(c) How many dogs seized under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act were added to the Index of Exempted Dogs (IED)?

(d) How many dogs seized under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act were euthanased?

Q5. Please supply a copy of the documentation detailing the definition of the four types of dog banned under s1 of the DDA (Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brazilieros) that you use to determine whether or not a dog is an illegal type, eg Defra’s ‘Dangerous Dogs Law; Guidance for enforcers’, annex 2.

Answer

2. No Community Protection Notices, injunctions or Criminal Behaviour Orders have been issued for dog related incidents in 2015.

3a.

 

Total

Dogs seized under   Section 1

40

Dogs seized under   Section 3

4

3b. All dogs seized under Section 1 were Pit Bull types. The dogs seized under Section 3 were American Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and crossbreed.

4a. A total of 21 of the 40 seized dogs were euthanised. Five were euthanised because the dog was a banned breed and didn’t meet the requirements for an exemption, 13 because the owner was deemed to not be a fit and proper person to be responsible for the animal by the court, and three because the owner relinquished the animal.

4b. Two dogs were released prior to a court case.

4c. A total of 19 dogs were added to the Index of Exempted Dogs (IED).

4d. Two of the dogs seized under Section 3 were euthanised.

5. The attachment is the ABDA (American Dog Breeders Association) article from the pit bull gazette volume 1 issue 3 from 1977. This is the standard that is held by stated case (r v Brock and Dunne) that we have to judge dogs suspected to be of pit bull type and determine yes or no. There is no standard held for the other 3 dogs.

FOI reference: 945/16.

Date of request: 20.07.16.

 

Related documents

  • PDF icon American Dog Breeders Association Article
    Last updated: 21 September 2016