The effectiveness of legislation that aims to ensure dogs are kept under control is to be examined by a Holyrood Committee.

As part of its post-legislative scrutiny of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee will examine the role of local authorities in fulfilling their duties, including the serving of Dog Control Notices as a deterrent to irresponsible dog ownership.

The inquiry was prompted following concerns at the number of dog attacks in Scotland, with the number of people receiving treatment for dog bites rising from 1,939 in 2015 to 2,027 in 2016.

Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee Convener, Jenny Marra MSP, said: “The Control of Dogs Act was right to recognise that responsibility rests with dog owners to ensure their pets pose no risk to the public.

“Our Committee wants to hear a wide range of views on whether the Act has been effective in reducing the number of out of control dogs.

“We want to know how well local authorities are carrying out their duties under the Act, and whether the public believe legislation can and should be strengthened to prevent dog attacks in the future.”

The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill was a Members’ Bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament by Christine Grahame MSP on 22 June 2009. Find out more.

Find out more about the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee

The Committee is keen to hear your views on:

  • The effectiveness of the Act in reducing the number of out-of-control dogs / dog attacks in Scotland;
  • How well you think local authorities are carrying out their duties under the Act;
  • What challenges you feel local authorities face in carrying out their duties under the Act;
  • If there are any weaknesses in the Act or any specific changes you would like to see;
  • Any other issues relating to the Act you wish to bring to the attention of the Committee.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 5 October 2018.