Disclosure Details

Dangerous dogs - 481/16

Dated: 22 Apr 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')  

Thank you for your e mail dated 12 April  2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. How many dogs have been seized under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, for the following years 2011,2012,2013,2014,&2015 (either financial or calender, dependent on how you record information)

2. How many of those dogs were also subject of an offence contrary to section 3 of the DDA 1991, for the same time period as at Q1.

3.What was the average period of time in days that a dog was held in secure kennels pending the outcome of proceedings, for the same time period as at Q1.


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Operations Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The following figures are by calendar years.


2011 – 6 Dogs

2012 -  1 Dog

2013 -  0 Dogs

2014 -  7 Dogs

2015 -  0 Dogs


2011 -  1 Dog

2012 -  0 Dogs

2013 -  0 Dogs

2014 -  0 Dogs

2015 -  0 Dogs

3. No information held.  This information is not collated.


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes. 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.