Dog attacks in spotlight
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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