I write with reference to The Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991 (amended), under the Freedom of Information Act, and ask for your kind reply, as follows:
1) How many dogs were seized by your force in the in the most recent full year for which you hold records (please provide date range) under S1 of the Act?
2) How many of these dogs seized in the aforementioned period have been exempted?
3) How many of these dogs seized in the aforementioned period have been released as non type (found to have been non-banned breeds)?
4) How many of these dogs seized in the aforementioned period were then destroyed?
5) Of these, how many were disclaimed by their owners during the aforementioned timeframe?
6) How many dogs were put on the Interim Exemption Scheme before going to court during the aforementioned time frame?
7) What are your kennel costs in relation to dogs seized under the Act for the aforementioned time period?
8) Were there any litters of puppies of seized dogs destroyed whilst the parent dog was kennelled in the aforementioned period?
Please find attached our response, which provides data from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
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.