Date lodged: 26 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 are fit for purpose.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 7 June 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to measures to encourage responsible dog ownership to help keep our communities safe. That is why we supported, along with all other parties, the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 which includes measures to highlight the responsibilities of dog owners to ensure they keep their dogs under control to avoid dog attacks taking place.
This legislation is increasingly being used with the latest 2015-16 figures showing that 290 dog control notices were issued to irresponsible dog owners who allowed their dogs to be out of control. This is the highest year-on-year figure for the issuing of dog control notices since the legislation came into force in 2011.
While the Scottish Government keeps legislation under review, we have no current plans to amend either the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 or the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.