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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16107: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each local authority area have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of (i) sheep and (ii) other livestock worrying under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 May 2018

Information on cases of sheep worrying is not held centrally. Information is available on the number of people prosecuted under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 – which relates to dogs worrying livestock on agricultural land. However as this legislation applies to all forms of livestock, these figures are not available for specific types of animal. The available information on criminal proceedings is provided in the following tables.

Number of people prosecuted for offences under Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 1 , by local authority, 2007-08 to 2016-17

 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Aberdeen City - - 1 1 2 - - - 1 -
Aberdeenshire 2 3 2 1 - 1 - - 1 -
Angus - - - 2 - - - 2 1 1
Argyll & Bute 1 - - - - - - - - -
Clackmannanshire - - - - - 1 1 1 - 2
Dumfries & Galloway - - 1 1 2 - 4 - 1 1
Dundee City - - - - - - - 1 1 1
East Ayrshire 2 - 1 - - - - - - 1
East Lothian - - - - - - 1 1 - -
Edinburgh, City of - 1 - - - - - 1 1 1
Fife 1 - 1 - 1 4 - - - -
Glasgow City - - - - - - 1 - 1 -
Highland 2 - 1 3 1 1 - 1 - 4
Moray - 1 - - - - - - 2 1
Na h-Eileanan Siar - - 1 - 2 - 1 2 1 2
North Ayrshire 1 1 - - - - - - - -
Orkney Islands - - - - 1 2 - - 2 1
Perth & Kinross - - 2 - - - - - 2 -
Renfrewshire - - - - - 1 - - - -
Scottish Borders - 2 4 - - - 1 - - 4
Shetland Islands - - - 1 - - - - 1 -
South Ayrshire - 1 - - 1 - - - 1 1
South Lanarkshire 1 - - - - - - - 2 -
Stirling 1 1 2 - - 2 1 1 - 1
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - - 1 - - 1 - -
West Lothian - - - 2 - 1 - 1 - -
Total Scotland 11 11 16 11 11 13 10 12 18 21

Number of people convicted of offences under Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 1 , by local authority, 2007-08 to 2016-17

 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Aberdeen City - - 1 1 2 - - - 1 -
Aberdeenshire 1 2 2 1 - - - - 1 -
Angus - - - 2 - - - 2 1 1
Argyll & Bute 1 - - - - - - - - -
Clackmannanshire - - - - - 1 1 1 - 2
Dumfries & Galloway - - 1 1 2 - 4 - 1 1
Dundee City - - - - - - - 1 1 1
East Ayrshire 2 - 1 - - - - - - 1
East Lothian - - - - - - 1 1 - -
Edinburgh, City of - 1 - - - - - 1 1 1
Fife 1 - 1 - - 3 - - - -
Glasgow City - - - - - - 1 - - -
Highland 2 - 1 3 1 1 - - - 3
Moray - 1 - - - - - - 2 1
Na h-Eileanan Siar - - 1 - 2 - 1 2 - 1
North Ayrshire 1 1 - - - - - - - -
Orkney Islands - - - - 1 2 - - 2 1
Perth & Kinross - - 2 - - - - - 2 -
Renfrewshire - - - - - 1 - - - -
Scottish Borders - 2 4 - - - 1 - - 4
Shetland Islands - - - 1 - - - - 1 -
South Ayrshire - 1 - - 1 - - - 1 1
South Lanarkshire - - - - - - - - 2 -
Stirling 1 1 2 - - 2 1 - - 1
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - - 1 - - 1 - -
West Lothian - - - 1 - 1 - 1 - -
Total Scotland 9 10 16 10 10 11 10 10 16 19

1. Where main charge.

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database