MSP’s concerns over rise in dog-related investigations

Vicious dog. Dangerous dog.
Vicious dog. Dangerous dog.

Borders MSP John Lamont says he is concerned over the rising number of incidents involving dogs in the region.

Mr Lamont was commenting on figures released by the Scottish Government, showing the number of investigations carried out into alleged dangerous dogs in the Borders had doubled in a year.

A total of 35 investigations were carried out between February 2012, and February 2013, resulting in eight control notices being served on owners – also more than double than the year before.

Investigations are carried out into any dogs which are considered to be dangerous or a threat to local residents.

The notices handed out often include control measures which vary from getting the dog micro-chipped to keeping it on a lead in public places. Although the number of notices issued is lower than many other local authorities, Mr Lamont says the figures give weight to the argument that the problem involving dogs in this area is worsening.

“The fact that more Borders residents have asked for investigations to be carried out shows they are worried about problem dogs in their area,” he told us.

“It shows we still have a lot of work to do in order to get a grip on this issue and ensure people feel safer in their communities.”

Mr Lamont added he was glad SBC was taking the issue seriously: “Hopefully these notices will help ensure owners continue to enjoy owning their pet, but in a safer manner.”