Cost of Dogs Seized - 232/22

Date Responded 10 March 2022

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:

This is an information request relating to the seizure of dogs under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991). Please include the information for each of the following periods; 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21:

1. The annual cost to the police force for seizing dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) broken down by the cost of kennelling, the cost of veterinary treatment, and the cost of destroying the dogs

2. The number of dogs seized under the act per year

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 and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

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

Period         Cost
2016/17    £26,529.27
2017/18    £27,120.49
2018/19    £34,944.99
2019/20    £35,263.56
2020/21    £56,063.00

The costs cannot be broken down as requested as this information is not held. Vets costs are primarily included within the charges from the Kennel providers.

Period     No of Dogs
2016/17     15
2017/18     50
2018/19     60
2019/20     48
2020/21     59


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