Detained dogs costs - 289/18

Date Responded 10 April 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 detained by the force and subsequently housed in police approved kennels?

2.         What was the cost of this to the force?

3.         How many days were the dogs housed in approved kennels? (so the average duration and cost of kennelling can be calculated)

4.         What was the reason for the detention if known...(ie suspected hare coursers/ unsafe animal/ potential evidence in a prosecution)

5.         Outcome ie (animal returned to owner, returned to owner with conditions, destroyed, rehomed)

6.         Has the force implemented the Interim Exemption Scheme? If yes how many times?

7.         Does the force operate animal detentions in accordance with the RSPCAs Good practise Guidelines?


For questions 1-5 Please could you provide the data for the following time periods:

2017-to date





 Clarity was sought in relation to what type of dog you wanted you search on and you said “All dogs please.  While most will relate to the dangerous dog act I am aware of circumstances where dogs are detained for evidential reasons. “

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 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 attached.


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