Holding kennels for stray dogs

Carla Bloomfield made this Freedom of Information request to Folkestone & Hythe District Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Carla Bloomfield

Dear Shepway District Council,

Please can you answer the following:-

1. The name/s and address/es of the establishment/s to which dogs
are taken when found to be straying in your area.

2, How often are the holding kennels inspected by the council?

Yours faithfully,

Carla Bloomfield

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Dear Carla Bloomfield,

Thank you for your request dated 12th June 2015.

We will endeavour to supply the information you have requested within the requisite 20 working days. If we think that it will take longer, we will contact you.

Kind regards,

Ayse Niazi on behalf of Rachel Neville
Information and Legal Officer
Tel: 01303 853437
Fax: 01303 853548
Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,
Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY
E-mail: [Shepway District Council request email]
Website: www.shepway.gov.uk
 
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Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Dear Carla Bloomfield,

I am writing in respect of your Freedom of Information enquiry dated 12 June 2015. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please find below information in response to your request.

1. The name/s and address/es of the establishment/s to which dogs are taken when found to be straying in your area.
With regard to your request concerning the names/s and address/es of establishments to which dogs are taken when found straying in our area, I can confirm that the council holds the information that you have requested, however we consider that exemptions apply and have to refuse your request. Under the Freedom of Information Act we have the right to refuse an applicant information held if an exemption applies.

The exemptions applied are Section 31(1)(a): Complying with the request would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention of crime and Section 38: Prejudice to Health and Safety - Complying with the request would, or would be likely to (a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or (b) endanger the safety of any individual. Disclosure of the names of the establishment/s could lead to persons turning up at the kennels and demanding the return of their dogs with menaces, causing damage to property, loss to the owners and making the staff vulnerable. This has been experienced with previous contracts, and protection of their identity formed an important part of the current contract negotiations. Whilst we recognise that there may be a public interest in this information in this case we consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information (Section 2(2)(b)).

2. How often are the holding kennels inspected by the council?
We do not hold this information. The kennels are licensed and inspected by another local authority as they are not in our district.

Should you require any further information, or if you are not satisfied with our response, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may also request an internal review by writing to the following address:

Freedom of Information Appeals Officer
Legal Services
Shepway District Council
Castle Hill Avenue
Folkestone
Kent CT20 2QY

Alternatively you can use our Customer Comment Form which can be accessed at our website www.shepway.gov.uk

In addition, if you are not satisfied with our response you may apply to the Information Commissioner for an independent review at the following address:

The Information Commissioner
Wyncliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone 01625 545700
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Katharine Holt
Solicitor
Shepway District Council Legal Team
Tel: 01303 853437
Fax: 01303 853548
Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,
Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY
E-mail: [Shepway District Council request email]
Website: www.shepway.gov.uk
 
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