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September 08, 2022 | Investigations and Operations

Reference: 1176A/21 1177A/21

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REQUEST 1 – REF 1176A/21

In the overall department and within the Dangerous Dogs Unit over each of the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (or the last period for which full information is held):

1. How many dogs were seized each year under the Dangerous Dogs Act?

2. What was the cost of kennelling these seized dogs each year?

3. How many of those seized dogs each year were dangerously out of control in a public space?

4. How many of those seized dogs were seized under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991 (DDA), breed-specific legislation each year?

REQUEST 2 – REF 1177A/21

In the overall department and within the Dangerous Dogs Unit over each of the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (or the last period for which full information is held):

1. Of the dogs seized each year under Section 1, how many were released under the Interim Exemption Scheme?

2. Of the dogs seized under Section 1 each year, how many were put to sleep?

3. Is there a plan in place to introduce within the Crown Prosecution Service a dedicated court process which would deal specifically with dangerous dog cases and related crime? If so, by what date?

REQUEST 3 – REF 1178A/21

1. In each of the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, how many incidents of dogs being dangerously out of control in a public place were there?

2. How many arrests were made related to organised crime in each of the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

3. How many of the aforementioned arrests lead to convictions?

Clarification – Questions 2 and 3 very much relate to dogs.

As you will see in the article that you can access through the link, below, the West Midlands Police reports to have increased the resource allocated to its dangerous dog unit, as that would also enable the police to detect “other criminal activity” as well.

“Chief Inspector Dawn Miskella said: “Nationally there has been a correlation between organised crime and dangerous dogs offences. ”

So, questions 2 and 3 are related to dogs, given that justification for increasing resource in the dog unit was said to be to help tackle organised crime (and other). Therefore questions 2 and 3 are to understand what the magnitude of that intended knock-on impact has indeed been on the detection and prosecution of organised crime, as a result of the allocation of additional resource to the Dangerous Dogs Unit.


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