Dog offence figures published

Police Scotland released figures on recorded crimes for failing to keep dogs under proper control. This exposed widespread confusion over recording procedures and the statistics handed out.

In 2017 there were 739 offences across Scotland which included just one in Angus, two in Dundee, nine in Perth and Kinross and 60 in Fife.

Liam said: “There seems to be a massive disparity in the recording of offences surrounding dogs.

“We see one offence in Angus, two in Dundee and nine in Perth – compared to 66 in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

“We know there are many more instances of dogs being left off the lead in Tayside, with the public being at risk.

“It is ridiculous to suggest Aberdeen or Fife have fewer law-abiding dog owners than Dundee. These figures should be much closer together.

“If it’s the case that Police Scotland is not resourced enough to investigate potential offending, I will ask the SNP justice secretary to explain why, and soon.”

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