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Over 8000 Dog Attacks Across The County
Lanarkshire’s hospitals have treated 8454 cases resulting from dog attacks in the last decade it has been revealed.
That equates to, on average, over two attacks every day for ten years.
Overall in Scotland, hospitals have dealt with more than 55,000 cases – a figure that has risen by almost 50 per cent over the decade.
Between 2006 and 2016 there were 55,093 cases, with 8454 in Lanarkshire, compared to only 154 such cases in the Scottish Borders and 13 in Orkney.
In 2015-16 there were 6061 cases across the country where people needed treatment for dog bites or strikes, compared to an annual total of 4053 ten years before.
The figures were released by talk radio station LBC, which used Freedom of Information laws to ask all health boards how many cases accident and emergency staff have dealt with.
Superintendent Davie Duncan of Police Scotland said: “We would encourage all owners to take steps to ensure their dogs are kept safely under control at all times.
“There is a range of legislation with the aim of preventing dog attacks.
“Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and will deal with any report of irresponsible ownership or dangerous dog behaviour which puts safety at risk.
“We work in partnership with local authorities who have additional powers under the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010.
“If you have any concerns, please contact Police Scotland on 101, in an emergency dial 999.”