Disclosure Details

Dangerous Dogs - 226/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:  23/02/2012

Date of response:  15/03/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 23rd February 2012 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: 

1. How many trained police dog legislation officers (DLOs) are currently authorised by your force to work on dangerous and prohibited dog issues as of 19.10.II?

2. Does your force have any plans to train any further police DLOs for this role in 2012 or 2013?

3. What was your force 's annual spend on kennelling (including veterinary costs and transport) of seized dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for each financial year from 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11?

4. What is your force's projected annual spend on kennelling (including veterinary and transport costs) of seized dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for each financial year from 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14?

5. Does your police force have written policies and procedures for dealing with prohibited and dangerous dogs?

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 have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. Northumbria Police currently have 3 DLOs.

2. Not at the present time.

3. We cannot separately identify costs of dogs “seized” under the dangerous dogs act.  The table below details the costs identified with dogs, whether seized under the dangerous dogs act or associated with strays.  Similarly the veterinary costs identified could relate to strays as well as dangerous dogs. We cannot identify any transport costs.

4. No information held.  Northumbria Police does not have a projected annual spend as this is greatly variable depending upon how many dogs are seized and the length of any subsequent investigations which require a dog to be kennelled.

Stray and Dangerous Dogs

2010/11

£

2009/10

£

2008/09

£

2007/08

£

2006/07

£

Dog and Cat Shelter

1,257

1,539

7,222

47,013

40,951

Vet Fees

1,067

2,437

4,081

4,661

2,976

Feeding Costs

0 0

21

303 100

Kennelling

5,119 0 469 635 292
Total 7,443

3,976

11,793 52,612 44,319

5. Northumbria Police does not currently have written policy for dealing with prohibited and dangerous dogs.  However there is a set of procedures which is currently awaiting approval. The significantly higher costs under Dog and Cat shelter in 2007/08 and 2006/07 reflect that before April 2008 the Police had responsibility for stray dogs.  After this date strays mainly became the responsibility of the Local Authority.  The majority of the Dog and Shelter costs will have referred to strays at this time.

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

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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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