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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21192: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many instances of sheep worrying have occurred in Midlothian in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 30 January 2019

Information on cases of sheep worrying is not held centrally in the format requested. Information is available on the number of offences recorded by Police Scotland under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 – which relates to dogs worrying livestock on agricultural land (following table). However, as this legislation applies to all forms of livestock, these figures are not available for specific types of animal.

Table 1: Offences of Protection of Livestock from Dogs, Midlothian, 2013-14 to 2017-18 .

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Midlothian

5

5

4

10

8

Source: Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2017-18.