New laws for dangerous dogs

The Government has announced plans to microchip every dog in the UK so that they can be traced to their owners, and the owners held responsible for the actions of their pets.

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Animal charity: Dangerous dog plans don't go far enough

The Blue Cross animal charity has welcomed moves to extend the law on dog attacks to cover private property and steps to introduce compulsory microchipping, provided it covers dogs of all ages.

Although we are pleased that the Government is finally addressing the problem of dangerous dogs, the measures announced today do not go far enough.

To provide real protection to the public we need the introduction of preventative measures, such as dog control notices, which would allow the authorities to step in before serious attacks take place.

– Steve Goody, Blue Cross animal charity


'About time the law bit back to protect innocent dog attack victims'

We were hoping that all the fanfare around the dangerous dogs announcement this weekend would mean that positive action was on the way. Instead all we're getting is yet another consultation.

It's about time the law bit back to protect innocent dog attack victims. Thousands of postal workers and telecom engineers - along with other workers who go on to private property and parents of small children - desperately need the private property loophole closing so that they have some protection.

– Billy Hayes, Communication Workers Union General Secretary

Will new dog laws make a difference?

If only puppies were to be microchipped it could take many years for this to affect all dogs, and with scant detail from the Government on how this scheme will be enforced, will it make any difference?

How in real life will this tackle the thousands of irresponsible owners who will continue to unscrupulously breed and sell puppies, or abandon dogs with little thought for animal welfare?

– Claire Horton, Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

New laws for dogs criticised

The Government has been accused of failing to crack down on attacks by dangerous dogs, after it unveiled measures which critics said were "just tinkering around the edges" of the problem.

The measures include closing a loophole in the law so that dog owners will face prosecution if their pet attacks someone lawfully on their property.

Ministers also announced plans for compulsory microchipping of puppies by breeders before they are sold, a move proposed two years ago in an independent review to stop poor welfare "puppy farming" by unscrupulous breeders.

Government must tackle this problem head on with completely new legislation, rather than just tinkering round the edges.

We're extremely disillusioned that there is nothing in the consultation on measures that will actually help to prevent dog attacks, which is surely what the aim of these proposals should be.

– Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive


Will new laws for dogs work?

Dog charity wants further reforms

The charity Guide Dogs said it backs plans for the compulsory microchipping in England but wants to see the Government go further.

We are extremely concerned about the number of attacks on guide dogs by other dogs. There were 147 attacks on guide dogs between June 2010 and December 2011. The impact of such attacks can be devastating.

We believe that an attack on an assistance dog should be considered an attack on the person, to reflect the fact that a guide dog is a vital mobility aid and that such attacks are very distressing for people who are already vulnerable.

– Richard Leaman, Guide Dogs Chief Executive

New dog laws 'don't go far enough'

Angela McGylnn's son John Paul Massey was killed by a pit bull terrier in November 2009. Since then she has been campaigning for tighter controls on dangerous dogs.

She welcomes the new laws being introduced today - particularly the liability of owners whose dogs attack on their own property - but she says there is more that could be done to prevent attacks taking place in the first place.

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