Battersea Dogs and Cat Home hosted by MSP Rona Mackay in Holyrood

MSP Rona Mackay has hosted Battersea Dogs and Cats Home at the Scottish Parliament for a drop-in session.

The event in late October follows the Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP speaking out in favour of raising the maximum jail-term for animal cruelty.

Ms Mackay indicated on BBC Radio Scotland recently the maximum term should be raised to five years in prison for the most extreme cases.

At the time, she said: “I am very much in favour of exploring opportunities to increase the sentencing for those charged with crimes of cruelty to animals. We need to send out a strong message that these vile crimes against defenceless animals are unacceptable, and we need to put it into perspective of all types of violent crime.”

In hosting Battersea, it gave a chance for fellow MSPs and staff to drop in and hear about the case for increasing prison time for animal cruelty.


Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.



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