Following lobbying from the Kennel Club and Dangerous Dogs Act
Study Group (DDASG), the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill has now
passed its final stage in the Scottish Parliament unanimously. MSPs
were lobbied to support an amendment tabled by Patricia Ferguson
MSP to remove the reference to a dog's 'size and power' when
considering whether it is out of control.
The amendment supports the Kennel Club and DDASG's principle of
'deed not breed' in the control of dangerous or out of control
dogs, and the Kennel Club is delighted that this principle was
carried by MSPs and the amendment was passed.
Caroline Kisko, Communications Director said "The Kennel Club
greatly welcomes the Bill as it will place a legislative focus on
the deed, rather than the breed of dogs and finally hold
irresponsible dog owners to account. The current Dangerous
Dogs Act was a kneejerk piece of legislation which was rushed
through in haste. It has not reduced the number of dog biting
incidents but has had a huge impact on the welfare of many
"It is essential that any new legislation is properly considered
to better protect the public against dogs dangerously out of
control, without compromising any individual dog's welfare."
The Kennel Club continues to play an active role in lobbying
against the injustices of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and runs the
secretariat for the Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group which includes
other organisations such as Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, Battersea Dogs
and Cats Home and Wood Green Animal Shelter. The DDASG has
established objectives for a review of dangerous dog legislation
and helped to draft the original Dog Control Bill which was taken
up in Scotland originally by Alex Neill MSP and continued by
Christine Grahame MSP.
The Kennel Club together with DDASG has been lobbying members of
the Scottish Parliament to support the Control of Dogs (Scotland)
Bill since it was introduced. The Bill will now become an Act once
it has received Royal Ascent in the next few weeks.