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Offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act by Breed

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Dear Kent 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

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear B Treloar,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI/01088/23/AS

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 26^th July 2023, I
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Offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act by Breed

 

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Dear B Treloar,         

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 01088/23.

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 26^th July 2023.

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.

Unfortunately your request engages the cost exemption at Section 12(2)
FOIA. Section 12 provides an exemption from a public authority’s
obligation to comply with a request for information where the cost of
compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004 state that the appropriate cost limit is 18 hours in the case of the
Police Service.

The reason for engaging this exemption is questions 3. Information subject
to this part of the request is not retrievable via automated means.

Checks have been carried out with Kent Police’s Dog Section, who advised
that a breakdown of breed would require a manual review of every single
case. This is further complicated that not all dogs seized are a specific
breed and would therefore be open to interpretation. The amount of time
taken to review all cases and accurately establish the breed of dog in
every single instance is expected to exceed the 18-working hour limit.

When Section 12 is engaged, our duty under Section 16 requires that we
assist you in refining your request so as to bring it within the cost
limit. In this instance we would suggest the following refinement.

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

If you would like to proceed with the refined request please advise us and
we will log and process the new request as soon as possible. You will be
contacted with a new reference number if this is the case.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please do
not hesitate to contact us. If you are dissatisfied with the way your
request has been handled please refer to the ‘your rights summary’
attached for details of the next step you are able to take.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Staden

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

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Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
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civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.
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personal data please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/privacy/ or
https://www.essex.police.uk/hyg/privacy/. Additionally for our Terms and
Conditions please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/terms-con...
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