Offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act by Breed

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Dear West Midlands Police,

For all years you have data, could you please provide the number of dangerous dogs out of control seized under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs act in total and classified by dog breed?

Additionally, for each dog breed where applicable, if you maintain this information, could you please note what proportion of these dogs had been on the Index of Exempt Dogs?

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

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Dear B Treloar

I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we need further details from you in order to identify and locate the information.

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To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could provide the clarification outlined above within 40 working days of this correspondence. 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 be closed.

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Dear West Midlands Police,

To clarify my request, please provide the requested data (i.e. the number of dogs out of control seized under S3 of the DDA 1991) for every calendar year since 2000 for which data is available.

Additionally, could you please provide the number of complaints, arrests, and persons charged for an offence relating to S3 Dangerous Dogs Out Of Control of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for each calendar year since 2000, to provide data on such offences which did not result in a seizure.

All data should be broken down by breed where available, with a further category for the number of offences which are unclassified.

Yours sincerely,

B Treloar

Freedom of Information, West Midlands Police

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Dear B Treloar

 

FOI Request Reference: 696A/23

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 24/04/23 and
clarification received on 30/04/23.

 

Clarification and Request

 

1.Could you please provide the number of dangerous dogs out of control
seized under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs act in total and classified
by dog breed? for every calendar year since 2000 for which data is
available

 

2.Additionally, for each dog breed where applicable, if you maintain this
information, could you please note what proportion of these dogs had been
on the Index of Exempt Dogs?

 

3. Additionally, could you please provide the number of complaints,
arrests, and persons charged for an offence relating to S3 Dangerous Dogs
Out of Control of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for each calendar year since
2000, to provide data on such offences which did not result in a seizure.

 

RESPONSE

 

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this
information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below). This information
is not centrally held in a retrievable format in respect to all the
information you have requested.

 

In relation to Question 1 and 2 - We currently have 7422 records attached
to the system, dating back to 2006.  3720 of those records are showing as
connected to a S3 offence. It should be recognised that one dog may be
responsible for more than one S3 offence, and conversely, several dogs may
be involved in a single S3 offence, so there is not direct comparison of
seized dogs’ numbers in relation to recorded offences available to us.

 

To open each of these records and view the dogs breed, and record it
(which we do not have an obligation under FOI to create data unless it is
recorded in that way) would take the following amount of time.

 

Time per record to
Number of records locate, retrieve and Total hours 
manually review 
 3720  4 mins  186.00

 

In relation to Question 3 -We would need to locate and retrieve each
offence record and to determine the nature of the complaint, if there were
arrests and if anyone was charged. Using

2021 as an example of the amount of records that would need to be located,
retrieved and manually read, please see below.

 

Time per record to
Number of records locate, retrieve and Total hours 
manually review 
 981   1  16.35 per year

 

Using this calculation per year and providing it from 2006 to 2023

 

It would take 16.35 per year x 18 years (2006-2023) = 294.30

 

Therefore, to fulfil your request from 2006 to 2023 for all questions
would take 480.30 hours.

 

In addition to this calculation data from 2000 to 2006 needs to be added
to demonstrate how long it would take to fulfil the request, in its
entirety.

 

Therefore, the cost of providing you with the information is above the
amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of
locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as
stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit)
Regulations 2004.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
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