Dangerous dog offences

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many dangerous dog offences have been recorded by the MPS since 2010? Please provide a breakdown of numbers by year, offence and by borough.


Answer for Dangerous dog offences

Answer for Dangerous dog offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please find attached the offence data requested at Appendix 1. Please ensure that the notes page is read in conjunction with the figures.

On 13 May 2014, The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was amended so that the term "a public place" was substituted to "any place in England or Wales (whether or not a public place)".

Prior to the amendment dog bites and attacks on private property were excluded from the legislation. This main change in the law extends this to cover incidents which take place in/on private property (including homes and gardens). The changes also legislated that attacks on assistance dogs would also be an offence.

As such, data in this category that proceeds this date is not comparable with data following the law change.