Call for Written Evidence

The Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee is seeking written views as part of its post-legislative scrutiny of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (the 2010 Act).

The aim of the 2010 Act was to ensure that dogs which are out of control are brought and kept under control by tackling irresponsible dog ownership and by shifting the focus from “breed” to “deed”.

To do so the Act makes provision for local authorities to impose measures on an owner, or person in charge of a dog, who fails to keep their dog under control.

The Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee is seeking to review the effectiveness of the 2010 Act in meeting its objective “…to ensure that dogs which are out of control are brought and kept under control in Scotland”.

The Committee is keen to hear your views on:

  • The effectiveness of the Act in reducing the number of out of control dogs/ dog attacks in Scotland;
  • How well you think local authorities are carrying out their duties under the Act;
  • What challenges you feel local authorities face in carrying out their duties under the Act;
  • If there are any weaknesses in the Act or any specific changes you would like to see.
  • Any other issues relating to the Act you wish to bring to the attention of the Committee.

The closing date for responses was Friday 5 October 2018.

How to submit your evidence

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Please use the questionnaire and template provided to format your submission. This includes the Data Protection Form.  

Fill this out and return it with your submission. If you are under twelve years of age you will need the consent of your parent or guardian. Please use this form (208KB pdf). 

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the agreement of the Committee.

Written responses should be sent electronically, in the template format to [email protected]

What happens next?

The Committee will consider all written evidence received before deciding upon those witnesses from whom it wishes to hear oral evidence in due course.

Should you require alternative formats of this information or further assistance in making a written submission to the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact the clerking team of the Committee via email or by telephone on 0131 348 5237.

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