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Dogs

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Japanese tosas and (b) cross-bred Japanese tosas in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (177718)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pit bull terriers and (b) cross-bred pit bull terriers in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Dogo Argentinos and (b) cross-bred Dogo Argentinos in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Fila Brasileiros and (b) cross-bred Fila Brasileiros in the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The number of these dogs for each year is set out in the following table. Cross-breeds are included as they are regarded as ‘types’. These are dogs held legally under the exemption scheme set up under section 1(5) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. There are no estimates on the number of illegally held dogs.

Live Dogs

Live Pit Bulls

Live Tosa

Live Dogo Argentina

Live Fila Braziliero

1996

6,382

6,381

1

0

0

1997

6,191

6,190

1

0

0

1998

5,992

5,991

1

0

0

1999

5,552

5,551

1

0

0

2000

5,325

5,324

1

0

0

2001

5,099

5,098

1

0

0

2002

4,877

4,876

1

0

0

2003

4,682

4,682

0

0

0

2004

4,479

4,479

0

0

0

2005

3,179

3,179

0

0

0

2006

2,235

2,235

0

0

0

2007

1,237

1,237

0

0

0