Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Consituency
Responsible Dog Ownership Bill
Pictured above with Sasha, a dog now rehomed by Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
I ran a public consultation on my proposal for a Member's Bill on Responsible Dog Ownership - you can read my proposals in full here and read the responses below. My proposals aim to better regulate dog breeding and buying by putting certain responsibilities on both breeders and owners to ensure the welfare of the animal. This will encourage people to think seriously about the responsibilities of dog ownership and to buy from reputable breeders rather than feeding into irresponsible puppy farms with poor conditions and unhealthy dogs.
With between 70,000 and 190,000 new puppies every year in Scotland, the dog breeding trade has become a lucrative source of income for many unscrupulous dealers and organised crime groups, to the detriment of the dogs and their new owners who often end up with a very sickly puppy.
The consequence of such practices are too many dogs ending up with chronic health conditions from irresponsible breeding or in rehoming centres having gone to a home that was wholly unsuitable in the first place.
Following the consultation closing on 30th July 2018 the proposals are now progressing through the legislative process. You can keep up to date with any developments on this on the parliament's website.
Please click on the headings below to read the responses in full (responses on behalf of organisations are highlighted in purple):