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Dogs

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions were brought for breeding fighting dogs in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (206083)

Information from the Ministry of Justice shows that there was one successful prosecution for breeding fighting dogs in England and Wales 2006, information for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

The figure provided relates to a person for whom the offence was the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the operation and effectiveness of the legislation on dangerous dogs. (206084)

The Government conducted a review of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 last year. We consulted police forces in England and Wales and discussed the outcome of this consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). A summary of the responses by police forces is available in the Library of the House.

In the light of the response from the police service, we concluded that the current legislation is sufficiently robust to effectively deal with the problem of dangerous dogs.

We will work closely with the ACPO in helping to implement initiatives to ensure that the law is enforced more effectively.