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Dangerous dogs (1568A/23)


1)The number of reported dog attacks (owner or person in charge allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control).

2) Provide the number of reported incidents in 2022 from January 1 to September 31, and the number of reported incidents in 2023 from January 1 to September 31.

3) For each time period, can you provide a breakdown on the breeds of dogs involve.

We clarified with you on 9th October 2023 and you replied on 17th October 2023:

questions 1 and 2 are the same question. So, the number of reported incidents of a dog dangerously out of control in each of the two periods in question 2.

And please remove question 3.


Please find enclosed our response.

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in any place in England or Wales (whether or not a public place) injuring any person or assistance dog:


2022 from January 1 to September 31 854
2023 from January to September 31 1058

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 considered 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 considered 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.


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