Aberdeen Residents Encouraged to Report Dog Attacks

Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, and Councillor Neil Cooney met with constituent Karen Murray to discuss the issue of dog attacks in Aberdeen.

Two weeks ago, Ms Murray’s Maltese was mauled by a Staffordshire bull terrier. Following the meeting, Ms Murray said: “I remain concerned about the current situation. It appears that the dog warden service is stretched and, therefore, I would urge people to report any incidents to them. It’s important that people realise that reporting an attack on a dog or person is not a waste of time as it will help the Dog Wardens in tackling this issue.”

Dame Anne, who has previously highlighted a national increase in attacks on guide dogs, hopes to raise awareness on how the public can ensure that the issue of dog ownership is tackled. She said: “In order to pursue irresponsible dog owners, the Dog Wardens need those who see an attack to provide a full description of the dog and the dog owner as corroborative evidence to allow them to take action.”

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Councillor Neil Cooney reinforced that it is worthwhile for Aberdeen residents to report dogs which are out of control. He said: “The powers are there to be used but they can only be used if people report the incidents to the Dog Wardens. This is a serious problem which needs to be tackled.