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Animal Welfare (18665/19)


  1. How many cases were brought by the force for offences under Section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act (2006)?
  2. Of this, how many cases brought convictions and how many were not pursued further?
  3. What was the longest prison sentence recorded by somebody convicted of such offences?

I am writing to request how many cases were brought by the force for offences under Section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act (2006) for each year from 2007-2018/19.

I’m only interested in the cases involving dogs at this time.

If possible could you provide the most common breed of dog found to be a victim of these offences?


Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.