Dog Breeding Licences

Martina made this Freedom of Information request to Blaby District Council as part of a batch sent to 10 authorities

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Dear Blaby District Council,

I am making a Freedom of Information request. Please provide me with the following information.

• Number of applications for a new licence in last 12 months
• Number of applications for a licence renewals in last 12 months
• Number of new licences granted as a result of an application made in the last 12 months
• Number of licences renewed as a result of an application made in the last 12 months
• If appropriate, grounds on which any licence (new or renewal) was refused.
• A copy of each dog breeding licence currently issued.
• Please confirm the number of staff and qualifications of staff employed by each licence holder (for the avoidance of doubt I am not requesting any details of individual staff, just number employed by each licence holder and the qualification(s) held)
• When applying for a new licence or a renewal which of the following do you require in respect of the animals specified in the licence
o Name
o Gender
o Age and/or date of birth
o Microchip number
o Breed
o Description
o Date of purchase
• Where a breeder buys/sells a breeding dog during the period of an issued licence do you require them to notify you of the change at the time of the sale/purchase of the dog or are records only updated at the time of the renewal application?
• What steps, if any, do you take to ensure that each breeder complies with The Microchipping of Dogs (England) 2015 regulations?
• Number of staff employed to conduct inspections during last 12 months
• Total number of inspections conducted during last 12 months
• Number of litters produced (and number of puppies in each litter) by each licence holder
• If you keep records of Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme members please confirm which licence holders are also members of this scheme
• Price charged for new licence
• Price charged for renewal of a licence
• Has any licence been revoked or suspended in the last 12 months? If so, please provide details of licence holder and reason for revocation or suspension
• Number of complaints received in the last 12 months and the name of the licence holder complained about. Where a complaint has resulted in enforcement action please confirm what enforcement action was taken and the name of the licence holder (or refer to answer above if details already provided in relation to revocation or suspension of licence)

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Martina

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

Dear Martina ,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-20-1123

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received on the 09/10/2020.

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

Dear Martina,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-20-1123

Please find below a response to your request for information, which was received on 09/10/2020, and has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 200 (“the Act”).

Number of applications for a new licence in last 12 months - 1

•Number of applications for a licence renewals in last 12 months - 0

•Number of new licences granted as a result of an application made in the last 12 months - 1

•Number of licences renewed as a result of an application made in the last 12 months - 0

•If appropriate, grounds on which any licence (new or renewal) was refused. N/A

•A copy of each dog breeding licence currently issued. - List of licensed premises available online https://www.blaby.gov.uk/licensing/anima...

•Please confirm the number of staff and qualifications of staff employed by each licence holder (for the avoidance of doubt I am not requesting any details of individual staff, just number employed by each licence holder and the qualification(s) held) - No premises employ staff

•When applying for a new licence or a renewal which of the following do you require in respect of the animals specified in the licence - All categories below.

Name

Gender

Age and/or date of birth

Microchip number

Breed

Description

Date of purchase

•Where a breeder buys/sells a breeding dog during the period of an issued licence do you require them to notify you of the change at the time of the sale/purchase of the dog or are records only updated at the time of the renewal application? - Only at renewal as long as number not exceeded.

•What steps, if any, do you take to ensure that each breeder complies with The Microchipping of Dogs (England) 2015 regulations? - Records checked at inspection.

•Number of staff employed to conduct inspections during last 12 months - 1

•Total number of inspections conducted during last 12 months - 1

•Number of litters produced (and number of puppies in each litter) by each licence holder - Not available

•If you keep records of Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme members please confirm which licence holders are also members of this scheme - N/A

•Price charged for new licence - £90 application fee + £110 grant fee + veterinary inspection cost

•Price charged for renewal of a licence - £90 application fee + £110 grant fee

•Has any licence been revoked or suspended in the last 12 months? If so, please provide details of licence holder and reason for revocation or suspension - No

•Number of complaints received in the last 12 months and the name of the licence holder complained about. Where a complaint has resulted in enforcement action please confirm what enforcement action was taken and the name of the licence holder (or refer to answer above if details already provided in relation to revocation or suspension of licence) None

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Yours sincerely

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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thank you providing some of the information requested.

I note that I have not received copies of each current dog breeding licence issued by the Council. Please now provide copy licences. The link provided is just a list of licence holders and does not provide all of the information recorded on a licence, for example the number of dogs kept for the purpose of breeding.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Martina

Yours sincerely,

Martina

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

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Dear Martina,

 

In respect of your request for copies for licences in your email below,
please find attached copies of licences.

 

I note that I have not received copies of each current dog breeding
licence issued by the Council. Please now provide copy licences. The link
provided is just a list of licence holders and does not provide all of the
information recorded on a licence, for example the number of dogs kept for
the purpose of breeding.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Andrew Hickling Legal and Information Governance Officer

0116 272 7558

 

 

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Dear Blaby District Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Blaby District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Dog Breeding Licences'.

The copy dog breeding licences that I have been provided with in response to my FOI request have been redacted to such an extent that it is not possible to identify the licence holder. A link provided in an earlier response just takes me to page about dog breeding licences and there is no register I have been able to access on the council website.

I do not believe that the licences should have been so severely redacted. The request is lawful, fair and transparent. The licence holder has already put their details in the public domain by applying for a licence (which is a matter of public record) to breed dogs. There would be no point in having a licensing regime in place if nobody can identify who the licence holders are.

The purpose of the request is to identify licence holders, the number of breeding dogs kept by each licence holder, the star rating of each licence holder and any special conditions that attach to each licence. I believe there is a legitimate interest in collecting this data.

In the event that the licence holder carries on the regulated activity at a residential address I am happy for the address to be redacted.

I look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,

Martina

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

Dear Martina,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-20-1123

I acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review of the response to your Freedom of Information Request.

The Council’s handling of your request will now be reviewed by a senior officer who was not involved with the initial request for information. We aim to respond as soon as possible and within 20 working days of receiving your request. In exceptional cases, we may extend this timeframe, but we will notify you if this is the case.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email [email address] quoting the above reference number.

Kind Regards

Emily Henderson
Information Governance Officer

Telephone: 0116 272 7592
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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Blaby District Council

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Dear Martina,

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information internal review.
                 
Yours sincerely,

Emily Henderson
Information Governance Officer
Blaby District Council
[email address]

Telephone: 0116 272 7678
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Dear Freedom of Information Mailbox,

Thank you for dealing with my internal review request.

I can confirm that my FOI request has been successfully concluded.

Yours sincerely,

Martina