Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson calls for consolidation of dog control laws


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has backed calls to consolidate dog control laws into one piece of legislation.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP spoke in the Public Audit’s Committee debate calling for a review of current laws, which date back to 2010.

He says that the 2010 act has been poorly implemented, with local authorities and many others unaware of the powers that exist, and many individuals have suffered horrific attacks at the hands of dogs.

Mr Carson also raised concerns about a number of new bills designed at tackling different animal welfare issues are currently going through Parliament at the same time, which will lead to even greater confusion surrounding dog control laws.

He believes the solution is to consolidate legislation into one law and offer greater support to local authorities to issue tough dog control notices.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The Public Audit Committee’s report was absolutely clear; the current laws relating to dog control notices have not worked.

“I fully support the calls for a full review of the laws, but we must ensure this is done in the right manner.

“I think the last thing that is needed is a whole host of laws being put into legislation at once in relation to animal welfare, which will confuse matters further.

“In order for local authorities, the police, and other key stakeholders to fully understand what powers can be used then I believe a consolidation of legislation into one law is the way forward.

“The SNP Government must seriously consider this approach and ensure the publicity is given to any new legislation to ensure it is fit for purpose.”