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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Prosecutions

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 since 1997, broken down by offence; and if he will make a statement. (177714)

I have been asked to reply.

The following tables show the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts (Table 1) and found guilty at all courts (Table 2) for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Acts 1989 and 1991, England and Wales 1997 to 20061, 2

1 Data provided on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Table 1

Offence description

Principal statute

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. Dogs Act 1871 Sec 2.

492

455

401

462

375

336

335

352

306

232

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog.

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

1

6

1

2

1

6

4

15

3

2

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

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

1

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

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

12

7

11

9

4

3

2

2

3

1

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog.

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

3

2

1

1

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3).

15

23

12

5

4

6

1

5

11

8

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).

259

434

449

458

490

537

560

597

645

703

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1).

175

248

254

266

278

284

329

290

278

278

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3).

22

28

34

48

50

38

52

48

44

54

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).

10

12

9

24

20

18

20

11

24

19

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 4(8).

7

6

30

23

39

29

20

22

16

12

Total

996

1,219

1,203

1,298

1,261

1,258

1,323

1,342

1,331

1,309

Table 2

Offence description

Principal statute

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1989. Dogs Act 1871 Sec 2.

98

106

101

84

101

105

128

177

139

108

Breeding or breeding from a fighting dog.

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

5

3

2

14

1

1

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

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

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

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

8

2

6

6

2

2

1

3

Abandoning, or allowing to stray, a fighting dog.

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

2

1

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 1(3).

9

8

5

2

2

2

1

2

7

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).

121

239

262

260

285

300

302

350

403

458

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(1).

88

125

126

130

157

150

171

167

168

160

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 3(3).

5

13

19

32

31

30

33

25

25

29

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).

4

8

5

13

14

7

10

5

9

11

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

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Sec 4(8).

4

6

18

16

31

23

12

18

9

4

Total

339

512

543

543

623

622

659

759

764

776

Source:

Court Proceedings Database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

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