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Dangerous Dogs Act

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in London were prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year from 1992 to 2006. (115155)

Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of people prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the Metropolitan and City of London Police Force Area, from 1992 to 2005, is shown in the following tables.

Figures for 2006 will be available in the autumn.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court for offences relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, in the Metropolitan and City of London police force area, 1992-20051, 2

Statute

Offence description

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

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

65

94

68

53

29

35

46

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

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

9

4

5

4

4

5

5

Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. Dogs Act 1871 Sec 2

Failure to comply with an order to keep a dog under proper control etc. Dangerous dog not kept under proper control.

65

36

18

23

24

24

17

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

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog.

9

2

1

2

1

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

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

103

39

15

11

6

5

4

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

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog.

9

7

8

2

2

1

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

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

100

93

31

20

10

9

13

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

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

70

67

50

31

21

24

15

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

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

7

10

3

1

Total

437

352

195

148

99

104

100

Statute

Offence description

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

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

45

53

58

59

63

64

58

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

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

1

3

2

2

4

2

1

Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. Dogs Act 1871 Sec 2

Failure to comply with an order to keep a dog under proper control etc. Dangerous dog not kept under proper control.

12

11

14

14

4

8

4

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

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog.

1

1

6

1

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

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

1

2

4

2

1

1

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

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog.

2

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3)

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

9

3

2

1

1

1

1

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1)

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

19

28

29

16

19

13

19

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3)

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

2

2

1

3

1

Total

91

103

111

100

95

90

84