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Stolen dogs (22A/23)


  1. What were the total number of dog theft crimes in 2022 (monthly breakdown if possible)?
  2. What was the outcome (charge/summons, community resolution, active investigation, evidential difficulties, no suspect identified) for each dog theft crime in 2022?
  3. How many dogs were listed with each dog theft crime in 2022?
  4. If this question doesn’t take us beyond the time required for free FOI feedback, can details about stolen dog breed, gender, age and location of theft (walk, home, garden, outside shop, from car etc) also be provided for 2022 please?


Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to how many dogs per incident were stolen, gender, age and location of theft (walk, home, garden, outside shop, from car etc As these are not central recording categories within our system, each crime report would need to be located , retrieved and manually read to see if the summary detail mentioned any of the information you have requested.

Therefore, the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide some information requested, please see attached.