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Seizure and Destruction of Dangerous Dogs between 2011-12 -2013-14

Question

For the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013 and the period 1st January 2014 to 18th March 2014, please could you provide answers to the following questions:

1) How many dogs have been seized by your force under the Dangerous Dogs Act?

2) How many dogs seized by your force under the Dangerous Dogs Act were destroyed?

3) Could you list the breeds of dogs seized by your force under the Dangerous Dogs Act?

4) If it falls within the time/cost limit, could you briefly outline the reason for the seizure of each dog?

Answer

1. Please find the information in the table below:

Year

Total Seizures

2011/12

64

2012/13

58

2013/14

75

Please note: information is recorded in financial years.

2. For your information a dog is only destroyed by order of the court and is done humanely.

Year

Total Destroyed

2011/12

20

2012/13

21

2013/14

20

Please note information is recorded in financial years.

3. The breed of the dog is not recorded, however the vast majority will be banned breeds under Section 1 of Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

4. The reason for the seizure of each dog is not recorded, however all seizures will be for offences committed under the dangerous dogs act 1991. The vast majority are for section 1 (banned breed) offences although there will also be some section 3 (dangerously out of control) offences.

FOI reference: 306/14.