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Date Responded 02 May 2018

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

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 were euthanized under the Dangerous Dog Act in the force area in 2017?

2.How many dogs were taken from their owners in the years under the Dangerous Dogs Act in 2017?

3.From 2012, how many dogs seized under the Dangerous Dog Act in the force area were added to the index of exempt dogs?

4.For each year since 2012, what has the force's annual spend been on kennelling dogs pending applications under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?

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 by Northumbria Police.

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

1. 35

2. 46 dogs were seized from the owner,

3. No information held.  We do not hold the information from 2012, but it would be available by contacting the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as they hold these details.

 For question 4, the following exemption applies.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

 This information has already been asked for and has been uploaded to our Northumbria Police Disclosure Log.   FOI 289/18 refers and the link to this is copied below. 

 Additionally to note in relation to question 4, the way data was recorded in 2012, we cannot provide a figure for that year.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/disclosure_log_operational_policing/detained_dogs_costs_28918

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