Stray dog service

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Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

I am conducting research into animal welfare. If possible, please could you answer the following questions:

1. What is your policy on managing stray dogs in your local authority area?

2. How many stray dogs did your local authority take responsibility for each year between 2018-2020?
How many were then adopted?
How many went to animal rescue?
How many were euthanized?
What happened to any dogs who did not fall into the above categories

3. Of the dogs adopted or went to rescue please provide a breakdown year by year of the number of dogs to each organisation.

If my request is too wide ranging or you need further information please do not hesitate to ask

Yours faithfully,

emma sparkes

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Administrator,

Dear Emma Sparkes

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Stray dog
service

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:12925.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2021-07-12
00:00:00. We hope to respond within this timescale but, due to the
staffing/capacity issues with COVID-19, some requests may take little
longer.

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Sinclair, David (Risk Management Assistant), Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear Ms Sparkes,

 

Request for information: Stray Dogs

Reference: argyllbuteir: 12925

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

Please see below information in fulfilment of your request.

 

1. What is your policy on managing stray dogs in your local authority
area?

Response: The Council has no facilities for housing stray dogs. Any stray
dogs found are scanned for microchips and returned to owners where
possible. If not chipped or owners cannot be found they are taken to SSPCA
or a local rescue centre.

2. How many stray dogs did your local authority take responsibility for
each year between 2018-2020? Response: We do not keep formal records of
this type of data however we estimate that we deal with approximately
15-18 stray dogs per year.

·       How many were then adopted? Response: We do not hold this
information as adoptions are arranged by rescue organisations, therefore
your request is refused under Section 17 of FOISA.

·       How many went to animal rescue? Response: We do not keep formal
records of this type of data however we estimate that approximately 6-8
per year are taken to SSPCA or local rescue centres.

·       How many were euthanized? Response: None were euthanized by the
Council.

·       What happened to any dogs who did not fall into the above
categories? Response: Returned to owners.

3. Of the dogs adopted or went to rescue please provide a breakdown year
by year of the number of dogs to each organisation. Response: We do not
keep formal records of this type of data, please see estimated numbers
above.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information
has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review by writing to the
Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [1][Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

David Sinclair

Compliance and Regulatory Assistant

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