Disclosure Details

Dog attacks - 086/13

Dated: 12 Feb 2013

Date of request:      25/01/13

Date of response:   05/02/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 25 January 2013 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. How  many  crimes  of a dog attacking or biting someone was recorded in 2012, 2011 and 2010?

  2. How many of the dogs involved in 1 above were classed as dangerous dogs?

  3. How many of those dogs were put down as a result of the crimes in 2012, 2011 and 2010

  4. How  many  people were arrested for owning an illegal dog in 2012, 2011 and 2010??

In terms of dangerous/illegal dogs, if the dog involved was a type of dog on the dangerous dogs act.

In response:

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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information in this response is based on the number of crimes where a dog has been reported to have attacked / bit someone in 2010, 2011 or 2012, each crime has been viewed to establish the type of animal involved and where recorded if it matches those classed as on the dangerous dogs act.

The response for question 2, 3 and 4 is based on the information contained in the dangerous dogs act where it states the list of banned breeds or dangerous breeds as follows:
Any dog known as a pitbull type
Japanese Tosa
Fila Brasileiro
Dogo Argentino

And any dog who in the opinion of the Secretary of State was bred for fighting, or has the appearance of a dog bred for fighting.

  1. 2012 - 32 
    2011 - 44 
    2010 - 62

  2. 2012 - 0 
    2011 - 0 
    2010 - 0

  3. 2012 - 0 
    2011 - 0 
    2010 - 0

  4. 2012 - 0 
    2011 - 1 
    2010 - 0

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 crime 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 which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

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.


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