Scottish pet owners threatened with 'dog ASBOs'

Monday, 16th May 2011

People in the Scottish town of Paisley have been warned that they face 'dog ASBOs' and fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to adequately control their pets.

According to the Paisley Daily Express, Renfrewshire Council is warning dog owners to be aware of new legislation, which has come into effect across Scotland.

ASBOs – or Antisocial Behaviour Orders as they are called – have become a popular means of tackling drunken and violent behaviour in the UK. As such, they have become associated first and foremost with delinquent youths.

However, the Controls of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 will see pet owners held equally accountable if their pets are not kept in check.

Lorna Thompson, whose cat was mauled to death by a neighbour's dog, told the news provider: "Dogs with a temperament like this should be muzzled or at least kept on a lead."

One of the main changes brought about by the new legislation is that dogs are judged by their behaviour, rather than the characteristics of their breed.