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Animal Cruelty

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of animal cruelty have been reported across the Province over the last three years, broken down by Westminster constituency. (77339)

The number of reported cases of animal cruelty is not held centrally by one agency. DARD records those cases reported directly to the Department (mainly in respect of farmed animals), while other suspected cruelty cases will also be reported directly to the Police Service of Northern Ireland or to animal welfare organisations. However, the PSNI do not collate figures relating specifically to animal cruelty.

Records of the number of cases of animal cruelty reported to DARD, for calendar years 2003, 2004 and 2005 are provided in the table. The information is not recorded by Westminster constituency, but is held by Divisional Veterinary Office area.

Total

DARD Divisional Veterinary Office

2003

2004

2005

Armagh

2

11

8

Ballymena

26

16

14

Coleraine

20

34

24

Dungannon

0

18

17

Enniskillen

13

9

12

Larne

19

18

27

Londonderry

16

7

21

Newry

2

23

17

Newtownards

46

34

25

Omagh

10

3

20

Total

156

175

185