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Poll: should owners be forced to keep dogs on leads?

This poll is over 3 years old
 

Mothers whose children have been attacked by dogs have called for pets being off their lead in public to be made illegal.

They gave evidence to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

It is estimated that as many as 1.417 people – 255 of them children – have been subjected to dog-related injuries in the last year in the Greater Glasgow area alone.

The parents want a law change so that dogs must be kept on a lead in public.

This is why we’re asking: what do you think? Should owners be forced to keep dogs on leads?

Vote and get join in the debate by leaving a comment below.

Should owners be forced to keep dogs on leads?

Yes
99
No
187
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Comments

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Ewen Rennie
over 3 years ago
This is a black and white question on the same lines as Brexit. Surely it depends on the situation (and the degree of control the owner has when the dog is off the lead)!
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Matthew Waddington
over 3 years ago
Dogs need to be properly exercised, both physically and mentally. Apart from the cruelty to the dog, an underexercised dog will be frustrated and more dangerous anyway.
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Vincent Houlihan
over 3 years ago
It's our responsibility to keep our pets safe in danger zones. However, no animal was born to live at the end of a rope. They have to experience "their world," with the freedom that we have to experience ours.
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Polly oldershaw
over 3 years ago
That is just ridiculous. Owners of unpredictable dogs should be made more accountable
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Lucy Kelly
over 3 years ago
Dogs that can kill should be on leads at all times, except perhaps in dog parks. Dogs should also be on leads around sheep in the countryside, since most dogs worry sheep. So should dogs where they kill vulnerable wildlife, such as in Australia, where dogs are helping to drive koalas to extinction. Wildlife must not die out for pets!
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John
over 3 years ago
Small, well trained and well socialised dogs should not have to suffer because some people cannot be bothered to train their dogs properly.
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MDH
over 3 years ago
It's all about training and knowledge.A law to keep dogs on a lead won't solve all the problems, and could cause other issues.I'd be fascinated to see the results of a survey about whether people think it's currently illegal to have your dog off a lead beside a road.
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Anna Purna
over 3 years ago
Perhaps being muzzled when off the lead would help?