Criminal law - dealing with dangerous dogs: consultation

Closed 30 Apr 2021

Opened 5 Feb 2021

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This discussion paper seeks views on steps that might be taken to improve the way in which the criminal law may deal with dog owners where their dogs act in a dangerous way.

Why your views matter

The main criminal law legislation that operates in Scotland in relation to dogs is the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (“the 1991 Act”). Section 3 of the 1991 Act deals with threatening behaviour or attacks by any type of dog.

This discussion paper relates to the operation of the 1991 Act. In particular, it is focused on the criminal offence of a dog being dangerously out of control. It also allows respondents to offer views on wider dog control law as they see fit.

Read the consultation paper 

What happens next

The views offered will help shape decisions in the next Parliamentary session as to what legislative changes should be progressed. The decision to progress any legislative changes will be for the next Scottish administration to take.


  • Law and Order