Dog at­tacks in spot­light

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Mon­k­lands res­i­dents are be­ing asked to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of dog at­tacks and bites at a fo­cus group ses­sion in Air­drie next week.

The MSPs from Holy­rood’s pub­lic au­dit and post-leg­isla­tive scru­tiny com­mit­tee want to hear views on the sub­ject, in­clud­ing whether ex­ist­ing laws are “ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing the num­ber of out-of-con­trol dogs” or should be im­proved.

Any­one with ex­pe­ri­ences of out-of­con­trol dogs is in­vited to sign up and share their thoughts at the fo­cus group – tak­ing place next Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10, from 11am to 12.30pm at Sir John Wil­son town hall.

It forms part of the com­mit­tee’s work in ex­am­in­ing the ex­ist­ing Con­trol of Dogs act; with the in­quiry be­ing prompted by con­cerns at the num­ber of dog at­tacks across Scot­land, with the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing treated for dog bites reach­ing 1939 in 2015 and 2027 the next year.

Alex Neil, the Air­drie & Shotts MSP, sits on the group and said: “Our com­mit­tee wants to hear a wide range of views on whether the act is work­ing as well as it should be.

“Wor­ry­ingly, we know there’s been a rise in the num­ber of dog at­tacks across Scot­land, in­clud­ing se­ri­ous bites and at­tacks on chil­dren – this will im­pact peo­ple’s day-to-day lives and can make some in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies fear the walk to school, nurs­ery or work.

“I’d en­cour­age any­one with views to sign up to our fo­cus group in Air­drie as what we learn will re­ally help to shape our work in ex­am­in­ing the act, and whether it should be strength­ened to pre­vent dog at­tacks in the fu­ture.”

Places at the Air­drie ses­sion must be con­firmed in ad­vance – to reg­is­ter, email paul.an­der­[email protected]­lia­ment.scot or call 0131 348 5357.

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