Dangerous Dogs Act (as amended)

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan West Mercia Police.

Dear West Mercia Police,

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?

Yours faithfully,
L. A. Jourdan
Volunteer Administrator
For and on Behalf of Frannie Santos-Mawdsley, Chair, Born Innocent

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Jourdan,
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NOs: WEST MERCIA POLICE 9039 &
WARWICKSHIRE POLICE 00929
 
I write in connection with your request for information dated and received
on 9^th November 2017.
 
Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police
may be unable to achieve this deadline.  If this is likely you will be
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or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Mrs Louise Fellows
Information Compliance Assistant
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
Hindlip
 
 
 
 
 

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Dear Sir/Madam,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NOs:  West Mercia Police 9039 and
Warwickshire Police 00929
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 9^th November 2017.  Please find below the response to your request for
West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police information:

 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 dogs destroyed, 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?

 
West Mercia Police 9039 and Warwickshire Police 00929 REPLY: Please be
advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a
readily retrievable format. The information requested is not held in an
electronically searchable format, and there are in excess of 100 records
which would have to be manually reviewed in order for us to identify the
relevant information for your request. It has been estimated that it would
take approximately 10 minutes to manually review each record. 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 section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice
and assistance in relation to your request.  However, due to the volume of
records I have been unable to identify data which could be provided within
the cost ceiling as the information held on this subject has been manually
input onto a database from other records.
 
Every effort has been made to ensure that the response provided by our
Force Operations Department is as accurate as possible.
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely
 
Mrs R Williams
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
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and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
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