Stray Dogs

Miss Attrill made this Freedom of Information request to Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Isle of Wight Council,

In relation to "Partners Against Crime" it has been reported in the Islands media that the Councils Dog Wardens collected 222 stray dogs last year.

What do the Isle Of Wight Council define as a stray dog?

Your website states: "The Dog Wardens will seize any stray dog that is believed to be straying in a public place"
also
"If you see a loose dog, then please phone the dog warden service"

Is a dog running loose the only criteria the Isle Of Wight Council use to define a stray dog?
Could you please supply your full working definition along with a breakdown of which of your categories of stray dogs the quoted 222 actually come under.

Your website further states:
"The owner of any dog seized by the Dog Wardens will be liable to the following fees and charges"

For the FIRST Occasion

The Statutory Fine for allowing a dog to stray is £25.00
Plus any kennelling charges at £15.00 per day.
Plus any Vet fees incurred if the dog needs treatment.

For the SECOND Occasion

Subsequent occasions of the same dog being allowed to run loose will incur a higher penalty plus kennelling and Vet fees.
The Statutory Fine for allowing a dog to stray a second time is £25.00
Plus a handling fee of £40.00
Plus any kennelling charges at £15.00 per day.
Plus any Vet fees incurred if the dog needs treatment.

Could you please supply a breakdown containing details of the number of the 222 stray dogs quoted whose owners received a fine and/or a handling fee and/or kennelling charges. The amounts charged in each case, the total amount raised and what the money raised is used for.

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Yours faithfully,

Miss Attrill

White, Emma, Isle of Wight Council

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Batchelor, Shane, Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Miss Attrill,

Thank you for your information request dated 15 February 2011.

Please find attached the information you have requested.

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Services | Isle of Wight Council |

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Dear Batchelor, Shane,

If the information quoted in my request was out of date then your website was out of date. This information was publicly displayed on your website at the time the request was made as that was where I copied it from.

In your response you have quoted paragraph 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 sec.149.

(3)Where the officer has reason to believe that any dog found in a public place or on any other land or premises is a stray dog, he shall (if practicable) seize the dog and detain it, but, where he finds it on land or premises which is not a public place, only
with the consent of the owner or occupier of the land or premises.

But you have not defined your full working definition of a stray dog as requested.
The quoted passage only refers to a stray dog no definition is given. Please supply the information requested.

In addition I had requested a breakdown containing details of the
number of the 222 stray dogs quoted whose owners received a fine
and/or a handling fee and/or kennelling charges. The amounts
charged in each case, the total amount raised and what the money
raised is used for.

Whereas you have only supplied the total amount of £11.258. Please supply the information requested.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Attrill

Batchelor, Shane, Isle of Wight Council

Good morning Miss Atrill and thank you for your comments.

I will respond to your queries relating to the response you received in order of which you have listed below.

The website page that you refer to was still visible and at the time was in the process of being amended. Even so this should have been removed completely in order to amend the data. From here on this process will be adopted.

We believe that the definition of the "stray dog" is a comprehensive one and one which we consider to be our full working definition.

Your request relating to a breakdown of the 222 stray dogs and of these the owners that received a fine and/or a handling fee and/or kennelling charges will be supplied to you within the timescales of your original request, which was the 15 March.

I believe this answers your queries that were posed to me in relation to your original request and please be assured I will attempt to supply you with the requested information above as soon as possible,

Kind Regards,

Shane Batchelor

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Dear Batchelor, Shane,

Again I repeat that you haven't yet given any definition of what a stray dog is. All you have said is: "Where the officer has reason to believe that any dog found in a public place or on any other land or premises is a stray dog"

An example would be: A stray dog is one that has wandered away from its place of keeping and is lost.

Would this be your definition?

If not would you please supply your definition as I have clearly requested.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Attrill

Batchelor, Shane, Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Mrs Attrill

Thank you for your information request dated 15 February 2011.

Please find attached and below the information you have requested.

The attached does not include income generated from the local authority
micro chipping service which totalled £420.

I also need to point out the fact that the total figure including taking
into account micro chip income differs by £23 when comparing it to
figures supplied to you previously.

Please contact me again if you require any further assistance on this
matter and I will do my best to provide relevant help and advice.

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection. In
most cases the copyright will be owned by the Isle of Wight Council. The
copyright in other information may be owned by another person or
organisation, as indicated on the information itself.

You are free to use any information supplied for your own non-commercial,
research, or private study purposes. The information may also be used for
any other purpose allowed by a limitation, or exception, in copyright law,
such as news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example by
publishing the information in analogue or digital form, including on the
internet, will require the permission of the copyright owner.

For information where the copyright is owned by the Council, details of
the conditions on re-use can be found on our website at
[1]www.iwight.com/foi.

For information where the copyright is owned by another person or
organisation you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their
permission.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please
write to the Corporate Information Unit, Legal Services, County Hall,
Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD or complete the on-line appeals form that
can be found at www.iwight.com/information.  If your complaint is not
resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the ultimate right, once
you have exhausted the internal appeals process, to appeal to the
Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

Shane Batchelor| Departmental Information Guardian | Community Safety
Services | Isle of Wight Council |

Jubilee Stores | The Quay | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 2EH

Tel: (01983) 821000 (ext 6152) | Fax: (01983) 529804

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Dear Isle of Wight Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Isle of Wight Council's handling of my FOI request 'Stray Dogs'.

I have requested a definition of what the Isle of Wight Council define as a "stray dog" this has been repeatedly ignored therefore I have been left with no alternative other than to request an internal review.
I would suggest that if your employees do not understand plain English you replace them as there are plenty of competent people seeking employment.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/st...

Yours faithfully,

Miss Attrill

Freedom of Information, Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Miss Attrill

Please find attached a reply to your request for an internal review of your Freedom of Information Act request.

Yours sincerely

Vanda Niemiec (Miss) | Corporate Information Unit | Legal Services | Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle of Wight | PO30 1UD
Tel: (01983) 823803 | Internal: 3803
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