HC Deb 18 March 1887 vol 312 c731
MR. MARK STEWART (Kircudbright)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether his attention has been called to the damage sustained by farmers to their flocks by stray dogs; and, whether a dog found worrying sheep may be destroyed by the owner of the sheep?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities)

My attention has not recently been called to the matter referred to in the Question of my hon. Friend. It is not legal to destroy a dog which is found straying or doing mischief; but the owner of such a dog can be sued summarily, and ordered either to put the dog under control, or to have it destroyed, under penalty if he fail to do so.