Many of us love our dogs but keeping them under control when out walking is vital.
A Bill going through the Scottish Parliament if passed would see increased penalties for dog-owners whose pets chase, attack or kill farmed animals. The Bill which was introduced by Emma Harper MSP, SNP, who lives in a rural constituency suggests a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment for the owner of any dog found to have done this. There would also be increased powers to the police to ensure enforcement. The maximum fine at the moment is up to £1,000.
A committee of the Scottish Parliament is now seeking the views of the public on what is proposed in this Bill.
Committee Convener, Edward Mountain MSP, said:
“Dog attacks cause suffering to farm animals, resulting in distress and significant financial cost to farmers.
“Emma Harper believes the current law in relation to livestock worrying is out of date and that tougher enforcement powers and penalties are needed to act as a deterrent.
“The purpose of the committee’s call for evidence is to understand the need for further legislation in this area and to seek views on whether the additional powers and increased punishments proposed are sufficient and proportionate.”
The closing date for sending in your views is Friday 28 August 2020.
You can access the consultation here Link: Call for Evidence
Click on this if you wish to download information about the Bill: Explanatory Notes Dogs Protection of Livestock Amendment Scotland Bill