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Dangerous Dogs (1662A/23)


Please provide data regarding dogs seized under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act. Specifically, for the period from 2018 till present:

1.For each year, the number of dogs seized suspected to be a banned breed

2.For each year, if available, the number of dogs seized suspected to be an XL American Bully, American Bully or XL Bully Cross

3.For each year, the number of stray dogs picked up by police, plus the reason they were picked up (such as suspected to be a banned breed, or acting dangerously)

Additionally, for the period of Jan 2022 till present, please provide a monthly breakdown of the number of dogs seized, the number of suspected banned breeds seized, and the number of suspected XL American Bullies, American Bullies or XL Bully Crosses seized.


Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.


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.