Dog related harassment incidents

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to North Wales Police

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear North Wales Police,

Could you please provide the data that you hold on record on dog related harassment incidents in the past three years.

1. The number of such incidents on record.
2. The number of prosecutions

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3. And the policy of the NW Police regarding dealing with dog related harassment incidents. Particularly with regard to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
(Especially reference 1.7 Criminal offences).

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Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

1 Atodiad

Dear [Name Removed],

Enquiry Ref: 2019/227

I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request.

 

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act, it will be our aim to
respond to your request by 20/03/2019.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Megan Rutledge

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Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

1 Atodiad

Dear [Name Removed],

 

Enquiry Ref: 2019/227

I acknowledge receipt of your email received on 20/02/2019 requesting the
following information;

 

Could you please provide the data that you hold on record on dog related
harassment incidents in the past three years.

 

1. The number of such incidents on record.

2. The number of prosecutions

 

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3. And the policy of the NW Police regarding dealing with dog related
harassment incidents.  Particularly with regard to the Protection from
Harassment Act 1997.

(Especially reference 1.7 Criminal offences).

 

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Please could you clarify if you require information on Harassment crimes,
where a dog was involved?

 

To enable us to respond to your request please provide the details
requested above or alternatively indicate how we may otherwise assist you.

 

Unfortunately we are unable to research your request until we have
received this information and the clock will be stopped pending receipt of
your response.
If you would like to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to contact
me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Megan Rutledge

Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information
Unit                         

Prif Swyddog Gwybodaeth/ Chief Information Officer

Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol/Corporate Services

Ffôn /Phone 01745 539445

Est/ Ext 39445

E.bost/ E.mail [2][email address]

 

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Thank you - have received a helpful reply from another police information team:, which may assist you and help me to form a picture from the responses:

‘There are four offences that fall under the PHA 1997 and they are listed
below. The way of finding the information that we would use would be to
keyword search all offences. Would you like crimes where the dog is owned
by the victim or perpetrator, or both?

Offence Title
Protection from Harassment (S2 PHA 1997)
Putting people in fear of violence (S4 PHA 1997)
Purse course of conduct - Stalking (S2A PHA 1997)
Stalking (S4A 1 (b)PHA 1997 - either involving fear of violence or
Stalking involving serious alarm/ distress )’.

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The reason for the request:

I am trying to find out whether there had been any increase in incidents where dog walkers and other walkers ( without dogs ) have been involved in incidents where dogs - with or without their owners being present- have either attacked dog owners, or their dogs, or other citizens, or been threatened by them.

Including incidents where neither dog, or owner has been bitten - but felt threatened, or harassed and reported the matter to the police,

My request stems from the amount of discussion on social media about this problem, which seems to be increasing.

So I have asked for 3- years of stats in order to see - if indeed - these sort of incidents are on the increase.

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If it is possible, could you break down the stats into these offence titles, over the three year period, which is from the date of request.

If you have ready information tables to hand on these offences a financial yearly basis, this could be sent too.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

3 Atodiad

Dear [Name Removed]

 

In response to your recent request for information, please find attached
our reply.

 

I have also attached a copy of our review procedure should you not be
happy with our response.

 

Regards,

 

P.P Megan Rutledge

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information

Safonau Gwybodaeth a Chydymffurfiad /Information Standards and Compliance 

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear North Wales Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of North Wales Police's handling of my FOI request 'Dog related harassment incidents'.

My understanding is that no dogs were involved in any recorded incidents with the NW police in the last three years.

Could you review this please?

My understanding from another police force, using S16, is that there is a way of determing incidents which involve dogs.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear Mr Oakley,

Our response did not state that no dogs were involved in any recorded incidents within North Wales Police in the last three years.

You were very specific with what information you required in your clarification, and the purpose for your request. We searched for this information and accordingly our response states: 'North Wales Police do not hold any information in relation to your request as none of occurrences are relevant and we do not hold any polices on this topic'.

Kind Regards,

Megan Rutledge
Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Unit                         
Prif Swyddog Gwybodaeth/ Chief Information Officer
Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol/Corporate Services
Ffôn /Phone 01745 539445
Est/ Ext 39445
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

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We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English - we will respond equally to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

That is your review?

Since you did not provide any S16 help and assistance, it was rather difficult to be specific, without S16 help that another police force gave, which added to my initial request.

So that all the information in the request formed the request with that added clarification.

Please, once again, confirm that there were the NWPolice hold NO recorded data on incidents where dogs were involved, in the past three years.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

One incident, involving a dog, is reported by the BBC.

This would appear to fulfill the criteria on it being a dangerous dog n the loose, posing a threat to the public.

Or was that not the case?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-nort...

- And, for accuracy, I’m [title redacted] Oakley

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Here is another recent example, reported in the press.

Here is the NW rural crime manager being quoted on dangerous dogs:

‘Rob Taylor, manager of the team , said he was “at the end of his tether” with thoughtless dog owners.

During a social media video on Twitter this afternoon, Mr Taylor said: “We have got to that stage of the day where I can reflect a harrowing, harrowing day’.

Clearly there is more than one incident involving dangerous dogs, unless Mr Taylor is misinforming the public.

Please confirm or deny that no data is held on this, and other dog harassment incidents.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-w...

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear Mr Oakley,

Your original request asked for:

"Could you please provide the data that you hold on record on dog related harassment incidents in the past three years.

1. The number of such incidents on record.
2. The number of prosecutions

=
3. And the policy of the NW Police regarding dealing with dog related harassment incidents. Particularly with regard to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
(Especially reference 1.7 Criminal offences).

http://researchbriefings.files.parliamen...

We provided assistance (under Section 16) by asking you to clarify if you require information on Harassment crimes, where a dog was involved?.

You then came back with the following:

"Thank you - have received a helpful reply from another police information team:, which may assist you and help me to form a picture from the responses:

‘There are four offences that fall under the PHA 1997 and they are listed
below. The way of finding the information that we would use would be to
keyword search all offences. Would you like crimes where the dog is owned
by the victim or perpetrator, or both?

Offence Title
Protection from Harassment (S2 PHA 1997)
Putting people in fear of violence (S4 PHA 1997)
Purse course of conduct - Stalking (S2A PHA 1997)
Stalking (S4A 1 (b)PHA 1997 - either involving fear of violence or
Stalking involving serious alarm/ distress )’.

==

The reason for the request:

I am trying to find out whether there had been any increase in incidents where dog walkers and other walkers ( without dogs ) have been involved in incidents where dogs - with or without their owners being present- have either attacked dog owners, or their dogs, or other citizens, or been threatened by them.

Including incidents where neither dog, or owner has been bitten - but felt threatened, or harassed and reported the matter to the police,

My request stems from the amount of discussion on social media about this problem, which seems to be increasing.

So I have asked for 3- years of stats in order to see - if indeed - these sort of incidents are on the increase.

===

If it is possible, could you break down the stats into these offence titles, over the three year period, which is from the date of request.

If you have ready information tables to hand on these offences a financial yearly basis, this could be sent too".

And we have responded to this request in full, by confirming that we do not hold any information in relation to your request (which was very specific).

If you require information on all incidents involving a dog, dog attacks etc., then this is a completely different question to 'dog related harassment incidents' where "dog walkers and other walkers ( without dogs ) have been involved in incidents where dogs - with or without their owners being present- have either attacked dog owners, or their dogs, or other citizens, or been threatened by them".

If you would like data on all dog attacks recorded by North Wales Police, please let us know and we will log this as a new request.

Kind Regards,

Megan Rutledge
Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Unit                         
Prif Swyddog Gwybodaeth/ Chief Information Officer
Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol/Corporate Services
Ffôn /Phone 01745 539445
Est/ Ext 39445
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

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We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English - we will respond equally to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay.

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

My request:

‘Dog related harassment incidents’:

Please read the definitions, incorporated into my request:

related
adjective
belonging to the same family, group, or type; connected.
"sleeping sickness and related diseases"

synonyms: connected, interconnected, associated, linked, coupled, correlated, allied, affiliated, accompanying, concomitant, corresponding, analogous, kindred, parallel, comparable, equivalent, homologous, incidental More
associated with the specified item or process, especially causally.

harassment

aggressive pressure or intimidation.

synonyms: persecution, harrying, pestering, badgering, intimidation, bother, annoyance, aggravation, irritation, pressure, pressurization, force, coercion, molestation; More

By these definitions, clearly you hold data on incidents concerning harassment by dogs.

If you are still maintaining that my request does not cover ANY harassment related incidents by dogs , I will refer to the Information Commissioner’s Office ..with examples I have managed to find online.

Otherwise please fulfil the request within the correct time FOIA constraint.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear Mr Oakley,

As explained we have responded to your original request as per your clarification, and have nothing further to provide. As also advised, you can submit a new request for all dog related incidents, or dog attacks etc., but this will be logged as a new request.

If you wish to go to the ICO please find below their contact details:

Information commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545700
Fax: 01625 524510
E-email: [email address]

Kind Regards,

Megan Rutledge
Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Unit                         
Prif Swyddog Gwybodaeth/ Chief Information Officer
Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol/Corporate Services
Ffôn /Phone 01745 539445
Est/ Ext 39445
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

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We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English - we will respond equally to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Thank you for your response.

However, in that it doesn’t seem that you have read my clarification on the Subject above, or that if my gender.

For clarity,.. for the second time, I would appreciate it if you could get my gender right.
I am a female.

If you have not read that and adjusted your response, then I would assume that you haven’t received, read, or understoood part of the above public responses, or you would have adjusted your response.

Other than that, it would be a demonstration of contempt to a FOIA requester, in continuing to address a female as a male.
And I’m sure that you do not wish to treat your requesters with open contempt, representing the police as a Male
preferrential organisation.

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And since I had no S16 help and assistance for defining my request ( which Incidentally another police authority rightly and properly gave me as an assistance) as I cannot be conversant with police procedures, I regard your dismissal of my request to be cursory.

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So I view your responses , particularly in the light of press information regarding harassment by dogs - in the press, which must have occasioned some reported data, to be obstructive in forcing me to make another request - without properly reading, or evaluating my responses.

Meanwhile, I will search more incidents pertaining to this request, to present to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Should you not undertake a proper review under FOIA..

Please let me know if you are still refusing to provide a proper FOIA review to me.. and not to your gender preferential ‘Mr Oakley’.

Please use the name below as reference for any further communication, since any complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office will be from a female.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

1 Atodiad

Dear [Name Removed]

Enquiry Ref: 2019/227

I will conduct a full review of your request and response relating to Dog
related harassment incidents.

It will be our aim to respond to your request by 02/04/2019.

If you have any further questions or queries, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Ceri Hollingworth

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information

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to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay’.

 

 

 

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Thank you.

If your response is helpful and assista my enquiry, it should save the Information Commissioner’s Office work.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Another police authority has offer S16 help.-

I’ve replied:

Sorry, I didn’t understand the difference between incidents and crimes.

If you can, I’d like

1. Incidents ( calls etc)

2. Recorded crimes

3. Charged

4. Found guilty.

That should give the whole picture.

If you could do the same, I’d be grateful.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

3 Atodiad

Dear [Name Removed],

 

In response to your recent request for a review, please find attached our
reply.

 

Although your original response has undergone the review procedure within
North Wales Police, you do have the right to contact the Information
Commissioner.

 

I have attached a copy of our review procedure should you not be happy
with our response.

 

Regards,

 

Ceri Hollingworth

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information

Safonau Gwybodaeth a Chydymffurfiad /Information Standards and
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We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English – we will respond equally
to both and will reply in your language of choice without delay’.

 

 

 

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Since you have already stated that there were NO incidents or any other criteria under the references kindly supplied by another police authority:

Protection from Harassment (S2 PHA 1997)
Putting people in fear of violence (S4 PHA 1997)
Purse course of conduct - Stalking (S2A PHA 1997)
Stalking (S4A 1 (b)PHA 1997 - either involving fear of violence or Stalking involving serious alarm/ distress)’.

Plus the process criteria provided by yet another helpful police authority:

1. Incidents ( calls etc)
2. Recorded crimes
3. Charged
4. Found guilty.

I am at a loss to be more specific.

As you must have searched your system for the word ‘dog’, which I am informed is possible - and yet not managed to find one single reference, despite press reports of cases( fulfilling the request for data ) in your area, then if that is your final response, I will complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Please let me know that that is the case.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

As I cannot give you any more clarifications and it is still maintained that there were no dog related incidents in the past three years, I’ve passed the request into the Information Commissioner’s Office for a Decision.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear [Name Removed],

We welcome any assessments from the ICO in respect of how we have dealt with FOI requests. I just want to be clear that at no point have we stated that there are no dog related incidents in the last three years. We are saying that none of the incidents that were returned from our search relating to offences where harassment was a factor and where the term 'dog' was included in the summary matched the description of the type of incidents you described in your clarification.

To assist you're welcome to have the 78 records that were returned from our search, with a brief summary, so you can decide whether or not they're relevant to the information you're seeking.

Please also note we did also offer you opportunity to discuss the request in an attempt to try and find a solution that would assist.

Regards

Jeff Cody
Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information
Safonau Gwybodaeth a Chydymffurfiad /Information Standards and Compliance                         
Ffôn /Phone 01492 805352
Est/ Ext 05352
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

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We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English - we will respond equally to both and will reply in your language of choice.

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Thank you. But a reminder that this is a public FOIA enquiry.

Therefore it will stand on the wdtk site for any other journalists, researchers, or those with an interest.

The problem seems to be the interpretation of the request,.

- Dog related incidents.

Which other police authorities have interpreted as roughly anticipated. And been extremely helpful.

However, if you now have the requested data, outlined in the S16 help and assistance given by other police authorities, then please provide it as it will save the Information Commissioner’s Office a great deal of trouble..... And, of course, money from the public purse.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear [Name Removed],

You have mentioned a few times about the helpful assistance you have received from other authorities, however as you have stated I am able to view your WDTK account and notice we are the only force to provide you with a response. I am wondering how you know these other authorities are being so helpful if they are yet to provide you with any data. Also, we used the same search criteria that the helpful force provided to you in our attempts to gather information but that clearly wasn’t acceptable.

Once you do get an acceptable response with a clear search criteria from another force, we will be happy to use the same and attempt another search.

I think we have exhausted all options with this request, and don’t think continuing to email is getting us any closer to a resolution.

Please contact us again once you have received other responses and as stated above we can will be happy to see what we can do to match them.

Regards

Jeff Cody
Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information
Safonau Gwybodaeth a Chydymffurfiad /Information Standards and Compliance                         
Ffôn /Phone 01492 805352
Est/ Ext 05352
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

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We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English - we will respond equally to both and will reply in your language of choice.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Thank you.

I assume that you are referring to the requests on wdtk.

How do you know that I haven’t made requests off wdtk?

I have now put in a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office .

It’s a shame, that having now admitted that there are dog related incidents, instead of insisting that there were none within the three years, ( or you would have provided the Data,) that you cannot see your way to simply providing the requested data - referring to the help and assistance provided by other authorities, who bothered to try and clarify the request from the beginning - and avoiding the public expense of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s investigation.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear [Name Removed],

If you read back through our responses you will notice we have mentioned that dog related offences exist but on review do not match the criteria you provided ie harassment related.

We will now happily await the ICO assessment and explain our stance at that time.

Regards

Jeff Cody
Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information
Safonau Gwybodaeth a Chydymffurfiad /Information Standards and Compliance                         
Ffôn /Phone 01492 805352
Est/ Ext 05352
E.bost/ E.mail [email address]

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg - byddwn yn ymateb yn gyfartal i’r ddau ac yn ateb yn eich dewis iaith.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English - we will respond equally to both and will reply in your language of choice.

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[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

I have sent you a dictionary definition of harassment.

Presumably you don’t agree with it.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

As you seem to have ignored the definition of the request given to you, here it is again:

Dog related harassment incidents’:

Please read the definitions, incorporated into my request:

related
adjective
belonging to the same family, group, or type; connected.
"sleeping sickness and related diseases"

synonyms: connected, interconnected, associated, linked, coupled, correlated, allied, affiliated, accompanying, concomitant, corresponding, analogous, kindred, parallel, comparable, equivalent, homologous, incidental More
associated with the specified item or process, especially causally.

harassment

aggressive pressure or intimidation.

synonyms: persecution, harrying, pestering, badgering, intimidation, bother, annoyance, aggravation, irritation, pressure, pressurization, force, coercion, molestation; More

By these definitions, clearly you hold data on incidents concerning harassment by dogs.

If you are still maintaining that my request does not cover ANY harassment related incidents by dogs , I will refer to the Information Commissioner’s Office ..with examples I have managed to find online.

Otherwise please fulfil the request within the correct time FOIA constraint.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Freedom of Information Team, North Wales Police

Dear [Name Removed],

We do not record incidents/crimes in a manner than can be searched based according to dictionary definitions. This was already address as part of your internal review response.

Please direct any further correspondence regarding our handling of this request to the ICO.

Regards.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

The dictionary definition was a clarification of the terms to be used in the request,.

(Following the clarification procedures inherent within the FOIA).

However, since you have ruled out my helpful clarifications , I can do no more but wait for the Information Commissioner’s Office ‘s Decision on the matter.

As the request is now with the Information Commissioner’s Office, then I suggest we wait for the outcome, which will be referenced on wdtk for the public. Please therefore correspond no further, unless you can now provide the requested data, with the clarifications provided.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Gadawodd [Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Disclosure log, Manchester Police :

http://www.gmp.police.uk/content/TriageW...

Gadawodd [Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

https://www.gov.uk/control-dog-public/re...

Report a dog
Anyone can report a dog and their owner to the police.

Gadawodd [Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Dog attacks in Wales up by 81% over the last 10 years
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-2662...

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

As this will be part of my evidence to the Information Commissioner’s Office , I refere you to your own disclosure log

https://www.north-wales.police.uk/media/...

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

[Name Removed] (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Freedom of Information Team,

Here is a Handy checklist, from the Met.

Not exactly known for its country pursuits...

It’s clarity may assist you:

Animal crime
Wildlife and animal crime can be a complex area to understand.

To find out what wildlife crime is, go here.

Crimes involving animals that aren’t wildlife crimes, include:

livestock worrying
livestock theft
hunting
animal cruelty
dogs being out of control in public places
banned dogs
Livestock worrying

Livestock worrying is a criminal offence and comes under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

‘Worrying’ is where a dog attacks or chases livestock causing injury or suffering.

This isn’t just a threat to a farmer or land owner’s livelihood, it’s also a dangerous situation for the animals involved, and could lead to more risk if the animals get onto the road.

A farmer is allowed to kill the dog if it’s worrying their livestock.

Always keep your dog under control around other animals and if you see a dog on the loose worrying animals, call 101.

Livestock theft

Grazing animals can be an easy target especially in remote rural locations.

check on your animal(s) regularly
report any suspicious vehicles
improve security around the area where the animal(s) graze
ear tags, horn brands, freeze marking, hoof branding, tattoos and microchips can all help identify your animal(s) if they’re stolen
in the case of cattle (cattle, bison or buffalo) you will need to report the loss or theft of an animal to the British Cattle Movement Service within seven days
some areas have Farm Watch schemes, which might be worth joining

Remember, a horse passport is a legal requirement. You can find out how to apply for one here.

Report livestock theft to us either online or by calling 101.

Hunting

Fox hunting

Fox hunting is illegal; trail and drag hunting (where the hunt follows an artificial scent laid out in a trail) is legal. Dogs can be used legally as part of a trail or drag hunt.

There are exemptions under the Hunting Act 2004 which allow for wild animals (including foxes) to be ‘humanely’ killed. Dogs can be legally used to ‘flush’ a fox from cover so it can be shot.

It is an offence to:

engage or participate in the pursuit of a wild animal
use or allow a dog or dogs to pursue a wild animal
knowingly allow land to be entered for the purpose of hunting a fox
hunt foxes with dogs

If you think someone has broken the ban on fox hunting then that's a wildlife crime and you need to let us know, either online or by calling 101.

Animal cruelty

Animal cruelty is when someone doesn’t care for or deliberately hurts an animal.

It can include anything from physical violence, to deliberate mental distress or neglect, for example not feeding or cleaning an animal.

If you see, or suspect, that a person may be treating an animal badly, whether this is physical violence, neglect or any other form of cruelty, you should report this to the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line.

You can contact them on 0300 1234 999. The call will cost the same as any call to a UK landline number.

We work with the RSPCA to investigate cases of animal cruelty.

Dogs out of control in public places

It’s an offence to let a dog be dangerously out of control whether that’s in public or private.

A dog is considered to be out of control if it:

injures someone
makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if:

it attacks someone’s animal
the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

Please note, a farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.

If you see a dog loose or seemingly out of control, please tell us by calling 101.

Banned dogs

In the UK, it’s against the law to own certain types of dog. These are the:

Pit Bull Terrier
Japanese Tosa
Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro

It’s also against the law to:

sell a banned dog
abandon a banned dog
give away a banned dog
breed from a banned dog

Whether your dog is a banned type depends on what it looks like, rather than its breed or name.

You can find more information about banned dogs here.

If you think someone has or is breeding banned dogs, please report it to us, either online or by calling 101.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]