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Dangerous Dogs Act

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people who reside in (a) Southend on Sea and (b) Essex have been prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since it was enacted; (75524)

(2) how many dangerous dogs have been destroyed in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) the Metropolitan police area of London and (e) England and Wales in each year since 1996.

The table shows figures for prosecutions under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in south east Essex and Essex since 1992. Figures for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2006. Information on the number of dangerous dogs destroyed is not collected centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform or DEFRA.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in South East Essex and in the Essex police force area, 1992 to 2004

Offence description

Statute

19922

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

South East Essex Criminal Justice Area

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(a)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Selling, exchanging, offering, advertising or exposing for sale a fighting dog.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(b)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Giving or offering to give a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(c)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Allowing a fighting dog to be in a public place without a muzzle or a lead.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(d)

0

0

0

1

0

0

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(e)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Possession, without exemption, of a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa or other designated fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, no injury being caused

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3( 1 )

3

1

0

1

0

1

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

5

4

3

3

6

1

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non- public place causing reasonable apprehension of injury to a person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

1

0

0

0

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

1

0

0

0

1

0

Failing to give up a dog for destruction or having custody of a dog while disqualified

Badgers (further protection) Act 1991 Sec. 1. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 4(8), Protection of Badgers Act 1992 Sec. 13.

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

10

5

3

5

7

2

Offence description

Statute

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

South East Essex Criminal Justice Area

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(a)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Selling, exchanging, offering, advertising or exposing for sale a fighting dog.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(b)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Giving or offering to give a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(c)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Allowing a fighting dog to be in a public place without a muzzle or a lead.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(d)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(e)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Possession, without exemption, of a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa or other designated fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, no injury being caused

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3( 1 )

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

4

3

2

1

3

2

2

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non- public place causing reasonable apprehension of injury to a person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Failing to give up a dog for destruction or having custody of a dog while disqualified

Badgers (further protection) Act 1991 Sec. 1. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 4(8), Protection of Badgers Act 1992 Sec. 13.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

8

4

2

1

3

3

2

Offence description

Statute

19922

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Essex

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(a)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Selling, exchanging, offering, advertising or exposing for sale a fighting dog.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(b)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Giving or offering to give a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(c)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Allowing a fighting dog to be in a public place without a muzzle or a lead.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(d)

1

0

0

1

0

1

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(e)

0

0

0

0

0

1

Possession, without exemption, of a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa or other designated fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

3

0

1

0

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, no injury being caused

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3( 1 )

11

12

5

6

3

5

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

10

6

11

3

20

9

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non- public place causing reasonable apprehension of injury to a person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

2

0

0

1

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

1

3

2

1

2

6

Failing to give up a dog for destruction or having custody of a dog while disqualified

Badgers (further protection) Act 1991 Sec. 1. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 4(8), Protection of Badgers Act 1992 Sec. 13.

0

0

1

0

0

0

Total

28

21

20

12

25

22

Offence description

Statute

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Essex

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(a)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Selling, exchanging, offering, advertising or exposing for sale a fighting dog.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(b)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Giving or offering to give a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(c)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Allowing a fighting dog to be in a public place without a muzzle or a lead.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(d)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(2)(e)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Possession, without exemption, of a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa or other designated fighting dog

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, no injury being caused

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3( 1 )

8

16

12

7

17

9

4

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

15

14

8

9

18

23

8

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non- public place causing reasonable apprehension of injury to a person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

3

4

6

5

3

1

1

Failing to give up a dog for destruction or having custody of a dog while disqualified

Badgers (further protection) Act 1991 Sec. 1. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 4(8), Protection of Badgers Act 1992 Sec. 13.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

27

35

26

21

40

35

13

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Offence codes for Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were introduced to the court proceeding database from 1 January 1992.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform