What is DEFRA's policy on typing puppies in relation to Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act?

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

What is your policy for typing (physical measurements of) puppies in relation to Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act?

Do you have a minimum age for assessing whether puppies are of "type"?

Are puppies under the age they can be neutered returned under the Interim Exemption Scheme? If they are then not returned under the IES, why are they not?

If the puppies are held until assessment age, does the relevant police force use a foster home service, or are the puppies held in the approved kennel facility?

Many thanks in advance for your response.

Yours faithfully,

L. A. Jourdan

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Adran yr Amgylchedd, Bwyd a Materion Gwledig

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Dear L. A. Jourdan,

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Dear L. A. Jourdan,

Please find attached the response to your request of 9th November for
information on Policy on typing puppies.

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

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