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Dangerous Dogs

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has concerning the number of successful prosecutions mounted under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989; how many dangerous dogs have been destroyed under the provisions of section 1(a); how many owners have been disqualified from having custody of a dog under section 1(b); and what advice he is giving to local authorities on the operation of the Act.

I have been asked to reply.There are no statistics yet available for the number of successful prosecutions mounted under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. This Act extended the powers available to a court on a complaint under section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871 together with additional rights of appeal and enhanced penalties. It is not possible from the information held centrally to isolate such penalties from others under section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871.Guidance on the Dangerous Dogs Act was given in Home Office circular 63/1989, copies of which were placed in the Library on 9 August 1989.