Dundee dog owners warn maximum fine for out of control pets increases to £ 40,000
Dundee dog owners have been warned that the maximum fine for out of control dogs has been increased to £ 40,000.
Scottish police have also revealed that if an animal attacks cattle, the owner can also go to jail.
The new penalties were revealed during the launch of the “Livestock Attack and Distress” campaign which has the slogan “Your Dog – Your Responsibility”.
It aims to inform owners about new legislation and new powers.
Under the new rules, livestock such as llamas and alpacas, as well as ostriches, game birds and farmed deer, are now protected.
The campaign will run throughout the lambing season, when sheep and lambs are most vulnerable to attack, and will then be carried over into the fall.
In a recent survey, only 4% of those polled knew they could now be fined up to £ 40,000 if their dog attacked livestock and only 22% knew they could be sent to jail if the attack was particularly serious.
While National Farmers Union insurance figures show the UK cost of dog attacks on livestock rose 50% in the first quarter of 2021, with the pandemic leading to an increase in the number of dog owners and country visits.
Inspector Alan Dron of Police Scotland said: “Attacks on cattle by dogs are a sensitive issue impacting rural communities across Scotland.
“Its introduction is timely given the increase in the number of dog owners encountered during COVID and the goal of the campaign is to educate and raise awareness among dog owners, new and experienced, that their dog is largely their responsibility. “
While Rhianna Montgomery of the NFU added, “The NFUS is delighted to be involved in this campaign. With hundreds of incidents across Scotland each year, protecting livestock is paramount to our members.
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“The new bill gives considerably greater powers to fight this scourge. Working closely with other stakeholders, informing and educating the public about good practices when entering the countryside with dogs, and the penalties now in place for those who are irresponsible, is imperative to reducing the numbers. cattle attacks.
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