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Dogs: Children

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attacks on children by dogs have been have been recorded in each year since the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came into force by (a) Rottweilers and (b) each category of dog banned under the Act. (181153)

The information requested is not available centrally from the recorded crime statistics. Attacks by dogs are not crimes as defined in law. The relevant offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 relate to an owner or person in charge allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person or allowing a dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person. These offences would generally be recorded under the Home Office classification ‘Less serious wounding’ and cannot be separately identified from other offences recorded within that classification.