More needs to be done
BLUE Cross pet charity has welcomed the Government's decision to introduce compulsory microchipping of all dogs and an extension of laws to ensure owners of dogs who attack on private property can be prosecuted.
However, more still needs to be done to tackle irresponsible dog ownership and prevent attacks from happening in the first place.
However, databases will need to work together, registrations will have to be kept up-to-date by owners, and there is still a need for further regulation to help stop dog attacks.
The Government's decision to introduce compulsory microchipping of all dogs promises to make a lasting impression on animal welfare.
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Blue Cross has campaigned long and hard for microchipping and will be offering free chips to dogs and cats at its animal hospitals and rehoming. But these changes alone will be little comfort for the victims of dog attacks.
While the changes announced will also allow owners of dogs who attack on private property to be prosecuted, such action will still be too little, too late.
The current situation still fails pets and endangers the public. An early preventative strategy would educate dog owners, helping to improve their pets' behaviour and knowledge of their responsibilities. Blue Cross believes that dog ownership can be a good thing – regardless of the breed – when people are properly informed and supported.
Without tackling this problem, the reputation of some dog owners, and breeds of dogs, will continue to suffer. This could lead to people being penalised and marginalised.
The Blue Cross education programme encourages young people to be responsible. Visit www.bluecross.org.uk