Disclosure Details

Police Animals - 421/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:         11/05/2012

Date of response:       25/05/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated  11 May 2012 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. Please tell me how many police dogs have been put down in the last five years. Please give the name, type of dog and age at death. Please give the reason the animal was killed.

2. Please provide the same for police horses.

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 Operations Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

1. We have had to put 7 dogs down in the last 5 years details shown below:-
 Spike - German Shepherd - 6 years old - Epileptic Fits
 Monty - Mallinois - 1 year old - Epileptic Fits
 Titch - Mallinois - 5 months old - Pneumonia/Mecaoesophaeus
 Trixie - Cocker Spaniel - 2 years old - Bowel Obstruction
 Yogie - German Shepherd - 7 years old - Dangerous Dog
 Kai - German Shepherd - 9 years old - Dangerous Dog
 Jack - German Shepherd - 4 years old - Incurable Blood Disorder (Acute Polycythemia)

2. No information held.  No horses have been put down in the last 5 years.

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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