Dog Attacks

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please can you provide me with the number of dog attacks in i) Hackney ii) Waltham Forest iii) Islington in the years i) 2013 ii) 2014 iii) 2015 so far. Please can you provide this information in excel format.


Answer for Dog Attacks

Answer for Dog Attacks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Overall in London, Dangerous Dog offences recorded between 2013 and 2014 represent a 50% increase. This increase, however, can be explained by changes to The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 that took effect in May 2014 and as such the data is not comparable. The Act 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. The provisions also legislated that attacks on assistance dogs should also be deemed as an offence

MOPAC welcomes these measures as we lobbied successfully for their introduction and are now capturing for the first time offending that was previously unrecorded. This is now giving the police and local authorities a much clearer picture of the problem locations and offenders in order to help improve their enforcement and prevention activity. The data after May therefore shows a jump in recorded offences that is in fact not a rise in incidents per se, but the result of the change in the law that now captures attacks occurring on private property.

We are continuing to invest in the MPS Status Dogs Unit to target enforcement and provide adequate kennelling capacity.

Please find attached [at Appendix A] an excel spreadsheet containing dog attack crime data for 2013, 2014 and up to June 2015 for the boroughs Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest.