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Animal welfare prosecutions reported by the Scottish SPCA: 2011-2019

Findings of analysis of animal welfare case data collected by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Appendix A: Variables included in the two data extracts

Variable Name Description (from discussion with Scottish SPCA) Removed due to data protection Included in the data extract from the most recent computer systems – the ‘later’ data extract (L) or the earlier (E) system
Case Ref No Unique case number assigned by Scottish SPCA inspector Y L
Date of Offence Date the offence discovered/investigation started N L, E
Date Received Date the case logged into system N L
Date Case Lodged Date the case was lodged with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service - must be within 6 months of offence date N L, E
Pleading Diet Date Date the case was called for a plea to be given N L
Intermediate Diet Date Date the hearing held to check case will proceed on assigned trial date (for summary proceedings) N L
Trial Date Date trial began N L, E
Co-Accused If other individuals accused as part of case N L
Date of Birth Accused date of birth N L, E
Place of Birth Accused place of birth N L, E
Occupation Accused occupation - at point when received caution and charged N L, E
City Accused city of residence OR locus of offence - at point when received caution and charged N L
County Accused county of residence OR locus of offence - at point when received caution and charged N L, E
Post Code Accused post code OR locus of offence - at point when received caution and charged Y – replaced with 2011 datazone L, E
Fine Amount Fine amount given N L, E
Disqualification Order Disqualification order given N L
Deprivation Order Deprivation order given N L
Prison (Months) Prison time given N L
Probation (Years/Months) Probation time given N L
Community Service (Months) Community service time given – might actually be hours not months N L
Community Payback Order Community Payback Order given N L
Cost to Society Cost to Scottish SPCA for third parties (e.g. vets fees but not inspector time) - but this is only listed if requested by the Courts N L, E
Comments Additional comments - free text field Y L
Animal Description Description of animal(s) involved Y – free text with some containing additional personal details L
Number of Animals Number of animals involved N L
Personal Details_SCRO NO Scottish Criminal Records Office number Y L
Supervision Order Supervision order given N L
Charges Charge code N L
Offence Offence code N L
Animal Type Type of animal involved N L
Charge Charge - description (relevant legislation and section charged) N L
Court Name Name of court where case heard N L, E
Inspector Name Name of investigating inspector Y L
LookupResult_Result Outcome of case (e.g. no proceedings, fiscal measures or court verdict) N L
HQ Ref Unique case number assigned by Scottish SPCA inspector No variables from the earlier file used E
Age Accused age - at point when received caution and charged No variables from the earlier file used E
Offence 1 Offence code No variables from the earlier file used E
Offence 2 Offence description No variables from the earlier file used E
Offence 3 Offence code No variables from the earlier file used E
Offence 4 Offence description No variables from the earlier file used E
Statute 1 Legislation code No variables from the earlier file used E
Statute 2 Legislation description No variables from the earlier file used E
Statute 3 Legislation code No variables from the earlier file used E
Statute 4 Legislation description No variables from the earlier file used E
Animal 1 Animal type code No variables from the earlier file used E
Animals 2 Animal type description No variables from the earlier file used E
Describe Description of animal No variables from the earlier file used E
Number Number of animals No variables from the earlier file used E
Ban Months Ban amount given in months No variables from the earlier file used E
Result Pros Result of prosecution No variables from the earlier file used E
Result Result code No variables from the earlier file used E
Current Age Accused current age No variables from the earlier file used E
Pending Result pending No variables from the earlier file used E
Prison If given prison time No variables from the earlier file used E
Pled Pled guilty or not No variables from the earlier file used E
Found Found guilty or not (if not pled guilty) No variables from the earlier file used E
NOT Found not guilty or not (if not pled guilty) No variables from the earlier file used E
AD MON Whether case admonished No variables from the earlier file used E
S1 Supervision order No variables from the earlier file used E
No Banned Did not receive a ban No variables from the earlier file used E
Court TOT Unknown No variables from the earlier file used E
Lodge TOT Unknown No variables from the earlier file used E
Life Ban Received a life ban or not No variables from the earlier file used E
Spare 3 Unknown No variables from the earlier file used E
Spare 5 Unknown No variables from the earlier file used E
Spare 6 Unknown No variables from the earlier file used E
Farm Farm animal or not No variables from the earlier file used E
Wild Wildlife or not No variables from the earlier file used E
Story 1 Additional comments No variables from the earlier file used E
Story 2 Additional comments No variables from the earlier file used E
Story 3 Additional comments No variables from the earlier file used E
Story 4 Additional comments No variables from the earlier file used E
Story 5 Additional comments No variables from the earlier file used E
Unnamed variable Some numbers that appear to have no clear pattern e.g. some look like year (e.g. 1994), whilst others look like reference numbers containing '/'s. No variables from the earlier file used E
Prelim. HD Again, no clear pattern - some numbers and some letters (e.g. 1 or 6; s or q)? No variables from the earlier file used E
Signed Over Animal signed over or not. Contains some unusual or inconsistent characters (e.g. /; y; 6) No variables from the earlier file used E
Rehomed Animal rehomed or not. Contains some inconsistent characters (e.g. 1; 6; yes) No variables from the earlier file used E
Disposal Place Where animal disposed No variables from the earlier file used E
Name AWC Name of AWC No variables from the earlier file used E

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