Date lodged: 5 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what it considers to be the division of responsibilities between Police Scotland and local authorities in relation to animal welfare and enforcement issues.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 20 July 2016
The Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 confers similar powers on Police Scotland and local authorities regarding enforcement. Local authorities, however, have specific responsibilities for licensing of pet shops, dog breeders and dealers, and enforcement of animal welfare during transport and on farms.