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PLANS to force owners of dangerous dogs in England and Wales to muzzle or neuter their pets should not be adopted in Scotland, the MSP behind a dangerous dogs bill has said.
DOG owners could be required to take out compulsory insurance against the risk of their pet attacking someone.
ANIMAL campaigners hope that a new law on dangerous dogs will be in place in Scotland by next year.
ANIMAL welfare campaigners today called for the re-introduction of dog licences following a horrific attack by a stray Staffordshire terrier in the Lothians.
IT is almost 20 years since a series of horror attacks on children prompted the Government to introduce the Dangerous Dogs Act.
A DANGEROUS dog which killed a family pet and attacked its owner is being hunted by police.
A DOG owner whose pet bit three people had his convictions quashed by appeal judges, who ruled that a driveway where the incidents took place was not a public place.
A NEIGHBOUR of the couple whose rottweiler mauled their 13-month-old baby grandson to death said yesterday the attack was an accident "waiting to happen".
THE number of people attacked by dogs in Scotland has risen by 160 per cent in the past eight years, prompting calls for new laws to crack down on violent pets and their owners.
Mike Flynn, chief inspector of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
A WOMAN was taken to hospital after being attacked by four rottweilers, which also killed her dog.
ELLIE Lawrenson's grandmother yesterday admitted in court that she was responsible for the five-year-old's death after the youngster was fatally mauled by a family pet.
ELLIE Lawrenson loved and mothered the pit bull terrier that mauled her to death, a court heard yesterday.
A WOMAN charged over the death of her granddaughter, who was mauled by the family dog, smoked cannabis and drank on the day it happened, a court heard yesterday.
TWO illegal pit bull terriers have been seized after raids in Edinburgh - prompting fears they may have been used in dog fights.
MINISTERS are considering the compulsory microchipping of all dogs as part of a range of measures to crack down on dangerous breeds, The Scotsman has learned.
DOZENS of young animals - including badgers, deer, foxes, swans and ducks - have been killed by dogs let off leads by their owners, the Scottish SPCA warned yesterday.
THE uncle of five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson was yesterday warned he could face jail after he admitted owning the dog that killed her on New Year's Day.