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.
1. How many dogs were destroyed as a result of an attack against a person(s) under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the year between 01.05.22-30.04.23?
2. How many dogs were destroyed as a result of an attack against a person(s) under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the year between 01.05.21-30.04.22?
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.
The below should be noted when viewing the figures:
- It should be noted that the above include dogs that are involved in dangerous dog incidents (under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991) which are humanely euthanised at the request of the owner prior to any prosecution.
- Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
- The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.