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Dangerous Dogs

Freedom of information: Dangerous Dogs

Thank you for your request dated 4 April 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

"1. How many dogs are currently being held in private kennels after sheriff court/High Court cases involving accused/convicted people from the Dundee/Fife/Perth & Kinross/Central/Angus council areas, in relation to the dangerous dogs act?

2. How many weeks has each dog been kept in kennels since April, 2013?

3. How much per day/week does it cost to keep each dog in the kennels. Eg: £50 per day/£350 pw?

4. What is the current position regarding the future of the dogs owned by Dundee men convicted of being owners of out of control dogs, a) Derek Duncan, b) Sean Pratt and c) Steven Meiklam.

5. How much does it cost to have an animal behaviourist provide a report on whether a dog is considered dangerous?

6. How many times has an animal behaviourist report been requested and provided in each of the above areas, since April, 2013."

I am sorry for the significant delay in being able to respond to your request. It took considerably longer than I had hoped to investigate what relevant information might be available from COPFS records. I apologise if this has caused you any inconvenience.

We have now completed a search of our systems for the information you have requested, and I can advise as follows.

1, 2 and 3 COPFS has no responsibility for dogs kept in kennels after the conclusion of court proceedings and accordingly we are not the holders of this information.

4. COPFS was not responsible for any of these dogs following conviction, and accordingly we are not the holders of this information.

5. Under s17 of FOISA, I can confirm that we do not hold this information.

6. The Procurator Fiscal in Tayside has not requested any such reports since April 2013