Disclosure Details

Stolen dogs - 077/15

Dated: 09 Feb 2015

Date of request:      21/01/15

Date of response:   09/02/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 21 January 2015  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:

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act. It's similar to a request I made last year up until September but asks for subsequent months. Furthermore the outcome of someone being charged or receiving a sentence may have changed.


1. Could you tell us how many dogs were reported stolen in your police force area from January1st 2014 to December 31st 2014?

 2. Can you tell us in each case what breed of dog was reported stolen?

3. Can you also stipulate if in each case someone was arrested, whether the case went to court and what sentence they received.


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 Corporate Development 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. 19

 The information provided at 2 and 3 has been presented in such a way as to avoid exemptions being applied.

Chihuahua X 2
German Shepherd
Terrier X 2
Staffordshire/Collie cross  
Staffordshire Bull Terrier X 2
Bulldog X 6 
Shih Tzu
Shar Pei
3. 10 people were arrested for the thefts

     7 were charged

     2 resulted in no further action

     2 were remanded in custody

     2 were on bail
    1 decision pending

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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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