Disclosure Details

Dogs in cars - 368/15

Dated: 28 Apr 2015

Date of request:      10/04/15

Date of response:    28/04/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 10 April 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 am hoping to gather figures from across the UK for incidents of dogs being left in cars on a hot day.  Would you be able to provide figures via email for how many of these incidents your force has been called out to (i.e. someone has spotted a dog in a hot car and called the police to report it) between 1st Jan 2014 and 31st December 2014, and then the same for the time period 1st Jan 2015 to 31st March 2015, if any.  If these figures could be broken down by month that would be great.

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.

The information provided has been obtained by searching for the keywords "hot", "heat" and "sun" as well as incidents that contain the words "dog" and "car".

There were 46 incidents in 2014 and 1 incident in the first 3 months of 2015 which specifically mentioned hot/heat/sun, broken down as follows :

2014 Incidents
Jan 0
Feb 2
Mar 1
Apr 3
May 7
Jun 5
Jul 11
Aug 9
Sep 7
Oct 1
Nov 0
Dec 0

2015 Incidents
Jan 0
Feb 1
March 0

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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