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Dog control laws in Scotland

The Scottish government has begun a review of dog control laws.

A public consultation, launched last week, is seeking views on practical measures to improve the operational effectiveness of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 to aid enforcement agencies.

Next year, there will be a further review of wider dog control legislation. This will look at how the law surrounding dangerous dogs and other associated dog control laws operate.

The Scottish Government’s public audit committee published a report in July that concluded that current laws were not fit for purpose and an urgent comprehensive review of all dog control legislation was required.

It made numerous recommendations, such as establishing a ‘Scottish Dog Control Database’, and requiring GPs, hospitals and local authorities to record and collect data on reported dog bite incidents.

Jenny Marra, convenor of the public audit committee, said this week in a …

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