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Proposed Dog Abduction (Scotland) Bill

Maurice Golden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

This is a proposal for a Member’s Bill

Draft proposal

Date lodged: 21 October 2022

A proposal for a Bill to create a new statutory offence to tackle the problem of dog theft and other situations where a dog is taken or kept without lawful authority, that would take account of considerations such as the feelings of dogs and dog welfare; and improve data recording to better inform detection and prevention efforts.

The consultation runs from Monday 24 October 2022 to Monday 16 January 2023.

Watch video of Maurice Golden MSP talking about his proposal for a Bill.


Complete the survey on the proposed Dog Abduction (Scotland) Bill (link opens in new window)