Pet ban plan for dogs attacking sheep

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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.

The Scottish Parliament is carrying out a consultation until August 28 and wants to hear people’s views on the subject.

Mr Cameron said the proposals include banning convicted persons of owning a dog as well as the introduction of fines of up to £5,000 or six months imprisonment.

He commented: ‘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