Dear West Midlands Police,

We are contacting you concerning the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, as amended, legislation and request the following information relating to the year 2013.

1) What number of dogs were seized by your police force in the year 2013 as prohibited types as defined under section 1 of Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?

2) Of those dogs seized as prohibited types 2013, how many were also charged with an offence under section 3 of the same Act?

3) How many dogs were seized by your police force in 2013 for being used in a crime?

4) What number of dogs were seized by your police force in the year 2013 in relation to an alleged offence under section 3 of Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?

5) Of those dogs seized under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act in 2013, how many were found by the courts to be prohibited type dogs (as defined under section 1)?

6) How many prohibited type dogs have been left at home under any ‘leave at home’ policy in 2013?

7) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog -section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, how many were disclaimed by their owners and destroyed?

8) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act, how many were assessed, found not be a prohibited type of dog and returned to their owner?

9) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act, how many were proceeded against via a criminal charge for an offence under section 1 of the Act?

10) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act, how many were taken to court via a section 4b application?

11) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act and assessed and found to be a banned type of dog - how many have not been before a court and are waiting for a court hearing?

12) How many dogs in your care, seized and held as prohibited type dogs, were destroyed by your force via a court order in 2013?

13) How many dogs, seized and held as prohibited types, which had been ordered exempted via a court order, did not complete exemption within the deadline given and were subsequently destroyed by your police force in 2013?

14) How many dogs, seized and held as prohibited types, were released to their owners in 2013 as exempted dogs?

Yours faithfully,

DDA Watch Ltd

Freedom of Information, West Midlands Police

Dear DDA Watch

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: 4819/14

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 17 March 2014
concerning dangerous dogs. This request is being handled under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we are
not certain that we have understood your request correctly, in particular:

 

How many dogs were seized by your police force in 2013 for being used in a
crime?

 

The question is somewhat vague the term 'crime' needs to be more specific
in order for us to provide an accurate response.

 

Please contact me if you need assistance with this.

 

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could
provide the clarification outlined above. After receiving your reply, your
request will be considered and you will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject to
the application of any statutory exemptions. If you choose not to respond
then your request will remain unanswered.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Susan Brown

Freedom of Information Unit

 

 

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Dear Susan Brown

Re: Freedom of Information request

Please remove question three from our request;

3) How many dogs were seized by your police force in 2013 for being used in a crime?

Yours sincerely,

M.Daines
DDA Watch Ltd

Freedom of Information, West Midlands Police

Dear DDA Watch

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: 4819/14

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 17 March 2014
concerning dangerous dogs. This request is being handled under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

 

REQUEST/RESPONSE

 

We are contacting you concerning the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, as amended,
legislation and request the following information relating to the year
2013.

 

1) What number of dogs were seized by your police force in the year 2013
as prohibited types as defined under section 1 of Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?

 

= 216

 

2) Of those dogs seized as prohibited types 2013, how many were also
charged with an offence under section 3 of the same Act?

 

=19

 

3) How many dogs were seized by your police force in 2013 for being used
in a crime? –

 

Question withdrawn as per your clarification email dated 07/04/14

 

4) What number of dogs were seized by your police force in the year 2013
in relation to an alleged offence under section 3 of Dangerous Dogs Act
1991?

 

=113

 

5) Of those dogs seized under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act in 2013,
how many were found by the courts to be prohibited type dogs (as defined
under section 1)?

=57

 

6) How many prohibited type dogs have been left at home under any ‘leave
at home’ policy in 2013?

 

=0 

 

7) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog -section 1 of
the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, how many were disclaimed by their owners and
destroyed?

 

=73

 

8) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of
the Dangerous Dogs Act, how many were assessed, found not be a prohibited
type of dog and returned to their owner?

 

=15

 

9) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of
the Dangerous Dogs Act, how many were proceeded against via a criminal
charge for an offence under section 1 of the Act?

 

=8

 

10) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of
the Dangerous Dogs Act, how many were taken to court via a section 4b
application?

 

= 31

 

11) Of those dogs seized in 2013 as a prohibited type of dog-section 1 of
the Dangerous Dogs Act and assessed and found to be a banned type of dog -
how many have not been before a court and are waiting for a court hearing?

 

= 19

 

12) How many dogs in your care, seized and held as prohibited type dogs,
were destroyed by your force via a court order in 2013?

 

= 24

 

13) How many dogs, seized and held as prohibited types, which had been
ordered exempted via a court order, did not complete exemption within the
deadline given and were subsequently destroyed by your police force in
2013?

 

= 19

 

14) How many dogs, seized and held as prohibited types, were released to
their owners in 2013 as exempted dogs?

 

=34

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and
complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been
extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police
purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is
subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes
and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting
those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of
data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of
figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken
into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you
to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a
version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police
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If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Susan Brown

Freedom of Information Unit

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email. [email address]

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