Dangerous Dogs Act enquiry

Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council did not have the information requested.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am contacting you concerning the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, as
amended, legislation and request the following information.

1) What number of dogs have been seized by the council dog wardens
between 01/01/08 and 01/01/09 under section 1 of Dangerous Dogs Act
1991?

2) What number of those dogs has gone on to be added to the index of exempted dogs?

3) What number of those dogs has been ordered to be destroyed by court order?

4) What number of those dogs has been signed over for destruction by the dogs owner?

2) How many dogs held as stray dogs by your council have been identified as "pit bull type" and destroyed due to no owner coming forward between
01/01/08 and 01/01/09 ?

3) How many dogs held as potential pit bull types have died or been
destroyed as a result of unknown cause, illness or behavioural
issues while in your care (if reason known please give details) between
01/01/08 and 01/01/09 ?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Green

FOIRequests, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Dear Ms Green,

REF: 2009/COR0193 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION - INFORMATION REQUEST

I acknowledge your request received on 25 March 2009.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

If appropriate, the information may be provided in paper copy, normal font size, or electronically. If you require alternative formats, e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let me know.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information. This will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact me.

Further information is available from the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545 700, http://www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Jon Hill
Senior Information Management Officer
Information Management Team
FCS Business Technology
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Tel: 020 8753 5865

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Harris Sue, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Dear Ms Green,
Ref: FOI Request 2009/COR0193
Your request for information has now been considered and our response is as follows;
The Council does not employ dog wardens. The Council works in partnership with the police to identify any dangerous dogs but, as dictated in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, only a registered police dog liaison officer has the legal right to assess and seize the dogs. The Council does not therefore hold the information requested. However the Partnership Inspector at the metropolitan police does hold that data. His name is Paul Bambro and his email address is [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
The Council only holds stray dogs for 7 days before transferring to Battersea Dogs Home. The data held by the Council on stray dogs does not include the breed. However Battersea Dogs Home does hold the data for how many transferred from the Council are a particular breed. Please contact Scott Craddock, Director of Operations at Battersea Dogs Home. Email address: [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
I apologise that your request cannot be fully met but if you have any further information needs in the future then please contact me.
If you are dissatisfied in any way you may write to the Information Manager, Business Technology, 2nd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, London W6 9JU
Once you have exhausted the procedure you may appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, Telephone: 01625 545 700, http://www.ico.gov.uk<http://www.ico.gov.uk/>
Yours sincerely

Sue Harris

Assistant Director
Waste and Street Services
Residents Services Department