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Dangerous Dogs

Question for Home Office

UIN HL15114, tabled on 20 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of attacks by dogs on children and adults reported in each of the last five years in England; and how many dogs were ordered to be humanely destroyed in each of those years.

Answered on

28 April 2021

The Home Office collects data from police forces in England and Wales on the number of offences recorded by the police where an owner, or person in charge, allowed a dog to be dangerously out of control, injuring any person or assistance dog. Data for those forces in England able to supply data can be found below, for the most recent five years where full data is held (2015-2019).

Year

Number of offences*

2015

9729

2016

12406

2017

13675

2018

13808

2019

14478

*Excludes Humberside, Kent, Greater Manchester, and Wiltshire Police. The data has not been subject to the same level of quality assurance checks as data published by the Home Office.

The Home Office does not collect data on the number of dogs which were ordered to be humanely destroyed.

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