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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19655: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether the use of electric shock collars is permitted if the user is not knowingly causing the dog unnecessary suffering.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 7 November 2018

The legality of the use of electronic training aids will depend on the circumstances in which they are used. The inappropriate use of any such training aids may give rise to prosecution for causing unnecessary suffering as an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 depending upon the circumstances of the case. The person would commit such an offence if they knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act would cause suffering or be likely to do so.