Scotland

'Good start' for new dog asbo law

Dozens of "dog asbos" have been issued to the owners of dangerous animals since they came into force in February.

A total of 693 investigations saw 67 dog control notices being served on people across Scotland who allowed their pets to get out of control.

SNP MSP Christine Grahame, who put forward the legislation, said: "That is a good start for a new law and will make a difference to public safety."

Failure to comply with notices can result in penalties such as fines.

Under the Control of Dogs Act, nuisance dog owners can also be forced to keep their pet on a lead at all times, have it neutered, or attend special training courses.

The legislation was passed by the Scottish Parliament, despite concern from some councils that they did not have enough cash to properly enforce it.

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