Dangerous Dogs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 11 September 2023.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data her Department holds on the number of dog-on-dog attacks in the last 12 months.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Any information on the number of dog-on-dog attacks will be held by individual local authorities and police forces.  We are currently working in partnership with the police, local authorities and animal welfare organisations to ensure that the full range of existing dog control powers are effectively applied to encourage responsible dog ownership and reduce the risk of dog attacks. As part of this, we are considering ways in which the collection and reporting of data relating to dog control incidents could be improved to inform prevention strategies. Conclusions from this work are expected later this year.

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