Investigations, warnings and dog control notices actioned during 2017 for out of control dogs

Mr T. Tennant made this Freedom of Information request to City of Edinburgh Council

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Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

For the year 2017 please supply me with -

a) The number of investigations carried out into possible “out of control” dogs.

b) The number of warnings issued for “out of control” dogs and please break this figure down by breed.

c) The number of dog control notices issued for “out of control” dogs and please break this figure down by breed.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Thomas Tennant

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Thomas Tennant

Our ref: 18282

Dear Mr Tennant

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Investigations, warnings and dog control notices

Thank you for your request for information of 26/03/2018 which was received on 26/03/2018. In your request you asked for the following;

For the year 2017 please supply me with -

a) The number of investigations carried out into possible “out of control” dogs.

b) The number of warnings issued for “out of control” dogs and please break this figure down by breed.

c) The number of dog control notices issued for “out of control” dogs and please break this figure down by breed.

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Thomas Tennant

[FOI #473097 email]

Our ref: 18282

Dear Mr Tennant

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Repeated Request

Subject: Investigations, warnings and dog control notices

Thank you for your request for information of 26/03/2018 where you asked the following:

For the year 2017 please supply me with -

a) The number of investigations carried out into possible “out of control” dogs.
b) The number of warnings issued for “out of control” dogs and please break this figure down by breed.
c) The number of dog control notices issued for “out of control” dogs and please break this figure down by breed.

Your request is being processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

I note from our records that you recently made an identical or substantially similar request to the Council, and we provided you with the requested information on 16.03.2018 under ref 17850. Since then, the information has not changed significantly. Under section 14(2) of FOISA we do not have to respond to repeated requests for information. As a result, we are not going to process your request, as the information would be the same as the information you have already received.

I would be happy to receive a similar request from you when sufficient time has elapsed for the information to change (Calendar year 2018)

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

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Yours sincerely,

Clayton Pratt
Information Rights Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340 [Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

I note that you are refusing to answer my latest request on the basis it is substantially similar to a previous request.
Could I apologise for any inconvenience caused and sincerely ask you to reconsider this decision by considering the following and further explanation as to the nature of my request.
My first request was simply for the number of dog control notices and the second request was for investigations, warnings and DCNs with the later two being broken down by breed. As I did not ask for investigations and warnings in first request I'm not sure that these elements could be substantiated as being broadly similar to first request - but I do admit and apologise for that second request will require some going over the same ground.
The reason I am asking for this information is that I intend writing to all MSPs as to effectiveness of dog control regulations and a more detailed analysis would provided extra information.

I do hope you can see your way to providing this information as whilst you are the only Council to refuse with Edinburgh being a large city council the loss of information would weaken my analysis.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Thomas Tennant

Information Rights Officer 2, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Mr Tennant

Thank you for your email. I have looked at this request, together with your previous request and acknowledge that you were asking for further information. I have passed your email to the Review Officer who will be in touch.

Sue Brown
Information Rights Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email]
www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Mr Tennant

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Review

Subject: Investigations, warnings and dog control notices

Thank you for your correspondence of 3 April 2018 asking that the Council reviews its handling of your request for information of 26 March 2018.

You requested a review as you were dissatisfied with the Council's original response.

I can confirm that the Council will deal with your review promptly under the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. You will receive a full response no later than 20 working days upon receipt of your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
Website www.itspublicknowledge.info
E-mail: [email address]

In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please get in touch quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

It is now beyond 20 working days and I have not received a response to my request.
Could you please respond as soon as possible as I need this information for a report I am compiling to send to all MSPs.

Yours faithfully,

Mr T. Tennant

Review, City of Edinburgh Council

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Dear Mr Tennant,

 

Please find attached the response to your request for review which has
been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chris Peggie

Review Officer

 

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