28 Dec 2019
The number of reports received by police about cruelty to dogs has increased by a quarter in the last year.
Figures have revealed officers investigated 79 cases in Scotland last year, the second highest in the space of six years.
That compares to 63 in 2017/18 and 60 the year before.
The Scottish Conservatives said legislation to increase sentencing for animal cruelty to five years should help reduce cases in future years.
But animal welfare spokesman Maurice Golden added the SNP government should have moved more swiftly, which may have spared some of the pets affected in previous years from experiencing abuse.
The statistics were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives through Freedom of Information.
Scottish Conservative animal welfare spokesman Maurice Golden said:
“There’s clearly an increasing problem in Scotland with cruelty to dogs.
“These figures show there are far too many people who think it’s acceptable to be violent towards their pets, and that’s completely unacceptable.
“Increased sentencing powers will not only ensure those guilty of this are punished severely, but it should also deter others from embarking on this behaviour.
“Dogs love their owners unconditionally – anyone who abuses that must be held to account.”