Seized Dogs and Welfare

This survey has been created to gain a national picture of the handling of Dangerous Dogs, their seizure and their welfare. To complete it, you must have been involved in an incident of bite/injury or an allegation of owning a banned breed regardless of whether your dog was seized or whether court action was taken. It relates to seizure and welfare ONLY, not other issues in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In order to suggest improvements, get better welfare and general improvements, evidence is needed that there is a problem. The individual complaints have not had a national effect. I am an independent expert witness and dog behaviourist and I assess dogs involved in DDA cases and give evidence in court.

If you wish to complete this via email please ask and one will be sent to you. If you prefer to be anonymous, the email version can be sent to anyone on your behalf.

In Ju ly 2020 after several years of promoting good practice in the seizure and handling of Dangerous Dog Cases, training kennel staff and creating accredited courses I did an 11 page report outlining good and bad practice that was sent to NPCC and direct to several Chief Constables. I still await the response I was promised. I have the support of several national organisations in pursuing the written standards I have suggested. To further evidence issues, I have created this survey to gather a picture of the handling of seized dogs and cases nationally.

Please note that this survey relates to ENGLAND and WALES only due to different police set up in Police Scotland. There will be a different survey created for Scotland soon.

Please answer as closely as you can with regards to timings. Responses will be kept private and individuals not identified but the overall results will be published. Please email any questions or problems to dogexpert@outlook.com or message the page.

Debbie Connolly, Expert Witness and Dog Behaviourist

Dogline UK / My Dog Has Bitten / SafePets UK

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