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PostSubject: Council fears over dog law costs   Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:51 pm

Aberdeenshire Council has warned that it may not be able to meet the costs of proposed new laws aimed at cracking down on irresponsible dog owners.

The council wants separate funds for the implementation of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill.

It aims to modernise the law on canine pets.

David Robertson, Aberdeenshire Council's environmental health manager, was giving his views to MSPs on Holyrood's local government committee.

The bill sets out a new system of "dog control notices" - or dog Asbos - which would allow local authorities to impose measures on dog owners if they fail to keep their animals under control.

Mr Robertson warned in a submission to MSPs ahead of the meeting: "I do not think the council can meet the financial costs associated with the bill.

"The costs should be met through separate funding, perhaps on a temporary basis."

Mr Robertson also warned that if the proposals become law it could lead to a surge in complaints about dogs, which could "put even greater stress" on the council's resources.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8365775.stm

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