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Offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act by Breed

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Dear West Midlands Police,

Could you please provide:

1) The number of dangerous dogs out of control seized under S3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act by the force, by year, since 2018
2) The number of arrests under the Dangerous Dogs Act performed by the force, by year, since 2018
3) For H1 2023 (start January to end June), could you please provide a breakdown of the number of dogs seized under S3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act by the force by breed.

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

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Dear B Treloar

 

FOI Request Reference: 1152A/23

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 26 July 2023.

 

REQUEST

 

1) The number of dangerous dogs out of control seized under S3 of the
Dangerous Dogs Act by the force, by year, since 2018.

 

2) The number of arrests under the Dangerous Dogs Act performed by the
force, by year, since 2018.

 

3) For H1 2023 (start January to end June), could you please provide a
breakdown of the number of dogs seized under S3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act
by the force by breed.

 

RESPONSE

 

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of
this information within the appropriate (cost) limit of the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

 

However, although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the
Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied
information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised
that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached -
1152A_23_attachment.pdf). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect
our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the
request.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

Regarding question 3, it is not possible to determine the breeds of only
those dogs that were seized, without manually reviewing the records of
every incident this year where our officers have ‘encountered’ a dog. This
however would involve a trawl of the records from 268 encounters and such
a search would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

 

This means that the cost of compliance with the whole of your request is
above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the
cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the
appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West
Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by
the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

 

However, as an alternative response to this question, we have instead
provided the breeds of all of those 268 encounters. It is important to
note though that not all encounters result in a seizure, but without
undertaking the manual review described above we are unable to separate
out the breeds of those seized from the encounters.

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

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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.

 

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to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

 

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