Puppy Farms (1783_17)

Request

I would like to know how many arrests have been made for illegal puppy farms in the West Midlands over the last 5 years

Response

We have searched our arrest system for the home office offence of ‘Keep a breeding establishment for dogs other than under a / conditions of a licence from a local authority’ and there is no recorded information held. It may be that persons were arrested with another offence i.e Do an Act Resulting in Unnecessary Suffering to an animal, however to research every case to see if it was connected to a ‘puppy farm’ would exceed the appropriate cost 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.

However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could the conduct the following searches

A keyword search on our CRIMES system for ‘puppy farm’ where may be able to provide the outcome. However you may find it more useful to contact the RSPCA.

Please note that any located information might be subject to the application of exemptions under the Act

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could confirm whether you wish us to provide the information outlined above. After receiving your reply, your request will be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions. If you chose not to respond then your request will remain unanswered.

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