Disclosure Details

Dog theft - 185/17

Dated: 01 Mar 2017

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act') 

Thank you for your e mail dated 17 February 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

1. How many dogs did your Police force report as stolen in 2014, 2015 and 2016?

2. For those dogs reported as stolen in 2014, 2015 and 2016, what breeds were they in each case?

4. For those dogs reported as stolen in 2014, 2015 and 2016, where were the dogs when they were taken? E.g. from the home, garden etc.

5. For those dogs reported as stolen in 2014, 2015 and 2016, how many dogs were later recovered and returned to owner?


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

The information provided below attached is based upon searching the crime logs from 2014 to 2016 where a dog has been recorded as stolen on the crime.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes. 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


FOI 185-17