Dogs seized (5915/19)

Request

Please could you provide the following information, broken down by financial year for the last 3 years:

1. Number of dogs seized under section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991.

2. How many dogs seized under section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991 where released under interim exemption scheme

3. Total kennelling costs for dogs seized under section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991

4. Number of court cases and their outcome relating to section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991, please break this down as follows:

-Dog found not to be type

-dog destroyed

-dog returned to owner under exemption scheme -outcome not yet known.

5. Total cost of dealing with cases and incidents relating to section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991

6. Number of dogs seized under section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991 that were returned as not being type before a court case

7. Number of dogs seized under section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991 destroyed before a court case

8. How many working hours have been spent dealing with incidents and cases relating to section one of the dangerous dog’s act 1991

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. We do not separately record the costs or working hours for the categories requested, therefore, we would have to manually review every individual case and incident to obtain and estimate. This means that the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request.

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the information requested for questions 1, 2, 6 and 7 as this was retrieved during our initial research. Please see attached document. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

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