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Animal Health & Welfare (Sc) Act 2006

Freedom of information: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Thank you for your request dated 18 November 2013 and your clarification e-mail of 8 January 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information.

"Where persons were proceeded against for offences under the sections of the Act specified below, how many were the subjects of reports submitted by: the police, the Scottish SPCA, a local authority (ideally specifying the authority in question), or any other reporting agency (ideally specifying the agency) in the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-13?

The relevant sections are: Section 19 (1); Section 19(2); Section 19(3); Section 20(1)(A);Section 20(1)(B; Section 20(2);Section 20 (3); Section 21; Section 23(1)(A); Section 23(1)(B); Section 23(2); Section 23(3);Section 23(4); Section 24; Section 25(7); Section 29(1)(A)(B); Section 29(2)(A) & (B); Section 40(11)

For example, in 2011-2012, 13 persons were proceeded against under s.19(1). If possible I would like to show that (say) 10 reports came from the Scottish SPCA, one from X police force or local policing division, one from Y council and one from Z council or other agency.

Additionally, where persons were convicted of offences under these sections, how many were the subjects of reports submitted by the agencies referred to above, in the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-13?"

I have now completed my search for the information you have requested and attach herewith a table providing details of the number of charges which have been proceeded with, the outcome of the charges proceeded with and which agency reported those charges. Please be aware that a number of the charges may relate to one person. Please also note that there are no charges recorded under Section 20(3) and Section 21.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Service's case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet this Department's business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes, i.e. to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence, etc.

I have been unable to provide details of individual reporting authorities/agencies as with the small numbers of charges involved, there is a possibility that this could lead to identification of individuals.

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