A CAMPAIGN to protect Scotland’s livestock has been launched following new legislation which could see dog owners fined up to £40,000 and in some cases, imprisoned.

The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, is launching the Livestock Attack and Distress campaign with the slogan: ‘Your Dog – Your Responsibility’ to educate dog owners about the new legislation.

It comes after multiple reports of farmland animals being attacked by dogs in Ayrshire in recent years.

It was reported in March last year that a number of ewes had died following an incident involving a dog.

The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2021, which came into force on November 5, 2021 includes provision to fine the owners of dogs that attack livestock up to £40,000 or even send them to prison.

Inspector Alan Dron, Police Scotland National Rural Crime Co-ordinator said: “Attacks on livestock by dogs is an emotive issue that impacts on rural communities throughout Scotland therefore Police Scotland welcomes this new legislation which can hopefully assist in preventing, reducing and tackling such instances.

“Its introduction is timely given the increase in dog ownership experienced during Covid and the aim of the campaign is designed to educate and raise awareness amongst dog owners, whether new or experienced, that their dog is very much their responsibility.”