Kennelling Costs (80_16)

Request

What is the biggest kennelling bill your force has had to pay to house a dog that was detained because it was considered potentially dangerous and/or a banned breed?
Please state the total bill, the time span that the kennelling bill covered, where the dog was seized from, what was the breed of the dog and what was its name. Please also state the ultimate fate of the dog? Was it put down, returned to owners or housed with a third party?

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information, in order to locate and extract this information would involve a manual search of invoices on our ledger, even then we would not be able provide specifics for an individual dog.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.

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