The Scottish Government announces Bill to make updates to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006
Animal cruelty in any form is abhorrent and inexcusable, so we are pleased that the Scottish Government has proposed changes to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006; which will mean anyone convicted of an animal cruelty offence could now face imprisonment for up to five years, as well as an unlimited fine.
Dogs Trust has previously called for the legislation to be strengthened and we believe these changes, coupled with robust enforcement and new powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices, will hopefully act as an effective deterrent to criminals and protect more dogs from harm.
Dogs Trust has also long campaigned to ensure the welfare of animals is preserved while trial proceedings take place. Therefore, we are supportive of the Government’s decision to give enforcement agencies more powers to promptly transfer the ownership of animals seized as part of cruelty cases to a new keeper. This will prevent dogs spending extended periods of time in holding kennels, which could be detrimental to their welfare.