Illegal Dogs Removal

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many illegal dogs have been proactively removed from London's streets by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last five years? How many illegal dogs are in the possession of the Metropolitan Police currently awaiting destruction or return to their owners?


Answer for Illegal Dogs Removal

Answer for Illegal Dogs Removal

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS does not keep a record of proactively seized dogs. However the total number of dogs seized (by financial year) are detailed below:

2009-2010                            1219 dogs

2010-2011                            1143 dogs

2011-2012                            982 dogs

2012-2013                            979 dogs

2013 to date`                            972 dogs

This corresponds with the decrease in the number of crimes involving dogs which has reduced by 25% over the same period of time.

The MPS currently have 275 dogs in their kennels awaiting court hearings, return to their owners or destruction.