Views sought on sentences for dog attacks

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron is urging local people to submit their views on proposals to strengthen penalties on dog-owners whose pets attack livestock.

Mr Cameron said: “The Scottish Parliament is undertaking a consultation on proposals which include banning convicted persons of owning a dog as well as the  introduction of fines of up to £5,000 or six months imprisonment.

“I welcome this initiative as we have had some serious incidents locally of livestock worrying which has caused great suffering to the animals concerned, as well as a loss of income to local farmers and crofters.

“If you would like to voice an opinion you can do so via the following email address: rec.committee@parliament.scot

“The consultation is open until 28th August.”