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Animal Cruelty and Welfare (R014943)


Charges reported and outcome regarding Animal Cruelty and Welfare 

Thank you for your email dated 8 December and 21 December regarding clarification  of questions 1 and 2 of where you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

1)     The number of animal cruelty cases reported to the procurator fiscal across Scotland overall and then by local authority - 2015-2016 or 2014-2015 if this data is not available. 

2)     The number of cases from that which were prosecuted regardless of sentence (fines, disqualification, community orders etc,) overall and for each 32 local authorities.

I would like to specify further in question 1 I am looking for animal cruelty and animal welfare cases reported.

I would also like to specify in question 2 I am looking for a breakdown of outcomes; number of charges prosecuted including the outcome e.g. fines disqualification orders, community orders etc. 

3)     Of those prosecuted what sentences were given or what action was taken from those reports of cases prosecuted, please provide a breakdown of penalties issued 

4)     What is the average sentence given to offenders of animal cruelty? 

5)     What number of people convicted of animal abuse have they went on to be charged with human violence? 

We  do  endeavour  to  provide  information  where  we  can,  the  Crown  Office  and Procurator Fiscal Service's case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our  business needs in relation to the processing of criminal cases, and  the  information  within  it  is  structured  accordingly.   We  do  not  have  a  separate database,  and  hold  only  operational  data  needed  for  business  purposes.   

Annex A is in response to question 1, which contains a PF office breakdown for each year of total charges reported to COPFS.

Annex B   provides information on question 2, namely charges prosecuted with outcome, which was discussed with you.

Annex C is background information, containing a breakdown of all the charges reported with outcomes

Question 3 & 4 - the information you are seeking can more effectively be obtained from the Scottish Government Justice Department's Court Proceedings Database, which is designed to provide statistical information. You can contact the Scottish Government Justice Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Question 5, as previously discussed with our Management Information Unit, I am afraid that the information you have requested  is  not recorded by COPFS.  Accordingly, I can therefore  confirm  in  terms  of  Section 17  of  FOISA  that  COPFS  does  not  hold  the information you have requested

.pdfR014943 Annex A Charges Reported Table68.23 KB

pdfR014943 Annex B Charge Prosecution Table63.24 KB

pdfR014943 Annex C -All charge Outcomes98.22 KB