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Dogs to be microchipped under new Government plans

Swindon Advertiser: All puppies must be chipped by April 2016 or their owners face a fine. Vet Dave Rawlinson from Drove Vets with Milo Buy this photo All puppies must be chipped by April 2016 or their owners face a fine. Vet Dave Rawlinson from Drove Vets with Milo

PUPPIES will be microchipped under plans to address the rising number of attacks by dangerous dogs, which have resulted in several children being mauled in Swindon.

The proposals have been drawn up after growing calls from animal charities for the Government to take action against irresponsible owners who use their pets as weapons.

Under the measures, unveiled by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, owners will also face prosecution if an animal attacks anyone in their home.

Groups including the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust have called for compulsory microchipping so owners can be traced through an electronic record. The Adver told last month how paramedics were called out 37 times last year to animal bites, with babies and young children among the victims.

The most recent recorded incident involving a dog left a three-year-old girl, from Park South, needing to be airlifted to hospital in November.

Two-year-old Keiron Guess also suffered serious facial injuries after being savaged by a Stafford-shire bull terrier in June.

He underwent 10 hours of surgery to reconstruct his face following the attack by a neighbour’s pet in Moredon.

Coun Derique Montaut (Lab, Liden, Eldene and Park South) has spoken out before to urge tougher punishments for the owners whose dogs are out of control.

He said: “This is one way to address the problem of owners of dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners, which continues to be a problem which is leading to children being disfigured.

“Dogs are also being bought during Christmas and times of recession and then abandoned, and part of the problem has been being able to trace the owners.

“There is also a problem with dog faeces and a lack of bins, which is a problem in Liden, and this need to be addressed by the local authority.

“The plans are a step in the right direction but it is not a panacea for resolving all the issues and I would like to see the legislation broadened to take in these wider issues.”

More than 6,000 people a year are treated in hospital for dog bites nationally, with figures doubling over the past decade.

The chips, which are already used by vets at Drove Veterinary Hospital, contain the owner’s name and address as well as a unique identity number.

Owners will have three years to comply with the new regime under the plans.

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7:39am Fri 8 Feb 13

hepling hand says...

its not fair that , another law has to be push on people from other that are stupit and no respect to others ., and the bull terry is the most cases, that this is in. years ago they ware mouth guards ? bring that to them , to protec the public ...
its not fair that , another law has to be push on people from other that are stupit and no respect to others ., and the bull terry is the most cases, that this is in. years ago they ware mouth guards ? bring that to them , to protec the public ... hepling hand
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8:05am Fri 8 Feb 13

Robh says...

The laws are there to control dogs but there is one thing lacking. Someone to enforce them.

If we can't enforce the laws already there what is the point of adding more?
The laws are there to control dogs but there is one thing lacking. Someone to enforce them. If we can't enforce the laws already there what is the point of adding more? Robh
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8:50am Fri 8 Feb 13

Tim Newroman says...

Robh wrote:
The laws are there to control dogs but there is one thing lacking. Someone to enforce them.

If we can't enforce the laws already there what is the point of adding more?
Very good point.

Anyone who is responsible and serious about owning a dog will have no issue with this law, many may even welcome it.

The problem, as ever, comes with those owners who are not responsible and who are not really even dog lovers - they will simply ignore the law (with impunity, unfortunately).
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: The laws are there to control dogs but there is one thing lacking. Someone to enforce them. If we can't enforce the laws already there what is the point of adding more?[/p][/quote]Very good point. [p] Anyone who is responsible and serious about owning a dog will have no issue with this law, many may even welcome it. [p] The problem, as ever, comes with those owners who are not responsible and who are not really even dog lovers - they will simply ignore the law (with impunity, unfortunately). Tim Newroman
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9:39am Fri 8 Feb 13

Davey Gravey says...

My friendly,trained family pet Staffordshire bull terrier is chipped and insured. I also pick up his waste and bin it. Many dog owners let their out of control dogs run riot and allow them to **** anywhere without cleaning up. There is loads of dog excrement on grass right by the bins. Prosecute them!
My friendly,trained family pet Staffordshire bull terrier is chipped and insured. I also pick up his waste and bin it. Many dog owners let their out of control dogs run riot and allow them to **** anywhere without cleaning up. There is loads of dog excrement on grass right by the bins. Prosecute them! Davey Gravey
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9:43am Fri 8 Feb 13

gina948 says...

I microchipped my dog 6 years ago when she was a puppy. Its a good idea if they get lost and are found to be able to check where they belong but I'm not sure how on earth the authorities are going to manage the new legislation for irresponsible dog owners who wont micro chip their dogs.
I cant see the local dog pound knocking on every door in the counrty to check if a) there's a dog on the premises and b) whether its been micro chipped!

The government are struggling as it is to provide basic services let alone the roll out of a law such as this.

Years ago you needed a licence to own a dog. There were dog wardens and park wardens so together the owners of dogs took their responsibility faced with the penalties before them. Nowadays its a free for all.

Good luck to the government for enforcing this one!
I microchipped my dog 6 years ago when she was a puppy. Its a good idea if they get lost and are found to be able to check where they belong but I'm not sure how on earth the authorities are going to manage the new legislation for irresponsible dog owners who wont micro chip their dogs. I cant see the local dog pound knocking on every door in the counrty to check if a) there's a dog on the premises and b) whether its been micro chipped! The government are struggling as it is to provide basic services let alone the roll out of a law such as this. Years ago you needed a licence to own a dog. There were dog wardens and park wardens so together the owners of dogs took their responsibility faced with the penalties before them. Nowadays its a free for all. Good luck to the government for enforcing this one! gina948
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10:01am Fri 8 Feb 13

RichardR1 says...

It should a be a requirement that breeders at the time of sale do the chipping, at least then initially we know it's done.
It should a be a requirement that breeders at the time of sale do the chipping, at least then initially we know it's done. RichardR1
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11:23am Fri 8 Feb 13

PaulD says...

I hope this is enforced properly.

I would like to see any unchipped, impounded dogs returned to their owner for a £500 fee or face destruction/rehoming (chipped)
I hope this is enforced properly. I would like to see any unchipped, impounded dogs returned to their owner for a £500 fee or face destruction/rehoming (chipped) PaulD
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11:35am Fri 8 Feb 13

Sashstaff says...

Not sure how chipping is going to prevent dog attacks?? Even muzzling won't do that!

Pointless exercise in my opinion, those owners responsible already chip or permanently identify their dogs. Those that don't care will continue not to care.

If the dog is unidentified, how will they trace the owner to prosecute?

It will probably lead to more unclaimed dogs in the pound.

Also, chips are not fail-proof, they migrate, can be incorrectly implanted and sometimes just cease to be detectable... what then??

As said, enforce the laws already in place, correctly and consistently, before tinkering with them.
Not sure how chipping is going to prevent dog attacks?? Even muzzling won't do that! Pointless exercise in my opinion, those owners responsible already chip or permanently identify their dogs. Those that don't care will continue not to care. If the dog is unidentified, how will they trace the owner to prosecute? It will probably lead to more unclaimed dogs in the pound. Also, chips are not fail-proof, they migrate, can be incorrectly implanted and sometimes just cease to be detectable... what then?? As said, enforce the laws already in place, correctly and consistently, before tinkering with them. Sashstaff
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11:42am Fri 8 Feb 13

gina948 says...

Sashstaff wrote:
Not sure how chipping is going to prevent dog attacks?? Even muzzling won't do that! Pointless exercise in my opinion, those owners responsible already chip or permanently identify their dogs. Those that don't care will continue not to care. If the dog is unidentified, how will they trace the owner to prosecute? It will probably lead to more unclaimed dogs in the pound. Also, chips are not fail-proof, they migrate, can be incorrectly implanted and sometimes just cease to be detectable... what then?? As said, enforce the laws already in place, correctly and consistently, before tinkering with them.
I agree!
[quote][p][bold]Sashstaff[/bold] wrote: Not sure how chipping is going to prevent dog attacks?? Even muzzling won't do that! Pointless exercise in my opinion, those owners responsible already chip or permanently identify their dogs. Those that don't care will continue not to care. If the dog is unidentified, how will they trace the owner to prosecute? It will probably lead to more unclaimed dogs in the pound. Also, chips are not fail-proof, they migrate, can be incorrectly implanted and sometimes just cease to be detectable... what then?? As said, enforce the laws already in place, correctly and consistently, before tinkering with them.[/p][/quote]I agree! gina948
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12:42pm Fri 8 Feb 13

MissO says...

Although I totally agree that ALL dogs should be microchipped this doesn't stop people mis-treating dogs and letting them stray. Even when contacted after getting the details off the chip people dont turn up to collect their dog - and if thats how they feel the dog is better off being re-homed. If they were to get prosecuted for not collecting the dog, they will collect but what hope has the dog got in their hands?

I'd like to see all the legislation on this, what the law actually is and whos enforcing it.

I would recomend they start on breeders - esp the puppy farms, cut down the numbers of dogs being breed for money and ending up homeless or dead. Start at the route of the problem.

PLus tougher penalties for animal abuse!!!
Although I totally agree that ALL dogs should be microchipped this doesn't stop people mis-treating dogs and letting them stray. Even when contacted after getting the details off the chip people dont turn up to collect their dog - and if thats how they feel the dog is better off being re-homed. If they were to get prosecuted for not collecting the dog, they will collect but what hope has the dog got in their hands? I'd like to see all the legislation on this, what the law actually is and whos enforcing it. I would recomend they start on breeders - esp the puppy farms, cut down the numbers of dogs being breed for money and ending up homeless or dead. Start at the route of the problem. PLus tougher penalties for animal abuse!!! MissO
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1:01pm Fri 8 Feb 13

cristina@naturewatch.org says...

All dogs to be microchipped by 2016 - this is not the answer.

If that was not bad enough, the consultation itself was flawed from the outset, as it failed to address a crucial factor in determining a vital element in the problems surrounding dangerous dogs and the UK dog population that currently exist - THE SOURCE. Instead their focus was on micro-chipping as a panacea for dangerous dogs. Naturewatch believes that micro-chipping alone will have little impact on the existing cruelty to dogs by irresponsible owners. Nor will it satisfactorily address the issue of dog bites. We believe also that it will do little to address the overpopulation crisis in rehoming centres.
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All dogs to be microchipped by 2016 - this is not the answer. If that was not bad enough, the consultation itself was flawed from the outset, as it failed to address a crucial factor in determining a vital element in the problems surrounding dangerous dogs and the UK dog population that currently exist - THE SOURCE. Instead their focus was on micro-chipping as a panacea for dangerous dogs. Naturewatch believes that micro-chipping alone will have little impact on the existing cruelty to dogs by irresponsible owners. Nor will it satisfactorily address the issue of dog bites. We believe also that it will do little to address the overpopulation crisis in rehoming centres. http://naturewatch.o rg/press/article/mic rochipping-is-not-th e-answer-government- get-out cristina@naturewatch.org
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4:18pm Fri 8 Feb 13

scottwichall says...

Yet another pointless new law to add to the thousands of other pointless new laws that our lords and masters insist on foisting on us.

There is already law in place to deal with dangerous dogs. Enforce it.

There is already law in place to deal with animal cruelty. Enforce it.

There is already law in place to deal with dog fouling. Enforce it.

This will solve nothing as those who quite frankly do not care, and own dangerous out of control dogs will carry on regardless.

And of course the vets and companies than manufacture the chips are overjoyed - trebles all round chaps.. kerching kerching.
Yet another pointless new law to add to the thousands of other pointless new laws that our lords and masters insist on foisting on us. There is already law in place to deal with dangerous dogs. Enforce it. There is already law in place to deal with animal cruelty. Enforce it. There is already law in place to deal with dog fouling. Enforce it. This will solve nothing as those who quite frankly do not care, and own dangerous out of control dogs will carry on regardless. And of course the vets and companies than manufacture the chips are overjoyed - trebles all round chaps.. kerching kerching. scottwichall
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8:10pm Fri 8 Feb 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

As already stated the laws already exist to deal with most of the issues; however one that is missing is that an owner should be able to prove they are capable of looking after a pet and have ample room for the animal to make use of.

Too many people have large dogs or too many dogs in small inappropriate houses.
As already stated the laws already exist to deal with most of the issues; however one that is missing is that an owner should be able to prove they are capable of looking after a pet and have ample room for the animal to make use of. Too many people have large dogs or too many dogs in small inappropriate houses. LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:08pm Fri 8 Feb 13

roberto5 says...

There is 1 dog warden in Swindon, he better enforce this with also enforcing fouling, abuse, aggressive behaviour, illegal breeds, seems an easy enough job for a population of 300,000 plus.
There is 1 dog warden in Swindon, he better enforce this with also enforcing fouling, abuse, aggressive behaviour, illegal breeds, seems an easy enough job for a population of 300,000 plus. roberto5
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10:04pm Fri 8 Feb 13

dukeofM4 says...

Excuse me but don't they already know the owners of dogs if attacks occur in the dog's home???

I pity the dog when an owner "removes" the chip by themselves.
Excuse me but don't they already know the owners of dogs if attacks occur in the dog's home??? I pity the dog when an owner "removes" the chip by themselves. dukeofM4
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11:08pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Moth says...

gina948 wrote:
I microchipped my dog 6 years ago when she was a puppy. Its a good idea if they get lost and are found to be able to check where they belong but I'm not sure how on earth the authorities are going to manage the new legislation for irresponsible dog owners who wont micro chip their dogs.
I cant see the local dog pound knocking on every door in the counrty to check if a) there's a dog on the premises and b) whether its been micro chipped!

The government are struggling as it is to provide basic services let alone the roll out of a law such as this.

Years ago you needed a licence to own a dog. There were dog wardens and park wardens so together the owners of dogs took their responsibility faced with the penalties before them. Nowadays its a free for all.

Good luck to the government for enforcing this one!
What I was thinking - how do they check to see if a dog's been chipped.

My German Shepherd is chipped. God forbid he ever got lost but if he did I'd want the best possible chance of being reunited with him again.

As for the dog licence. It became unworkable. This chipping scheme is also unworkable. The bottom line is responsible dog owners will abide by the law where the back street breeders and irresponsible dog owners will just stick two fingers up at the new law.

Yet again, the majority of responsible dog owners are to be penalised for the idiotic, irresponsible louts that shouldn't even be in charge of a goldfish.
[quote][p][bold]gina948[/bold] wrote: I microchipped my dog 6 years ago when she was a puppy. Its a good idea if they get lost and are found to be able to check where they belong but I'm not sure how on earth the authorities are going to manage the new legislation for irresponsible dog owners who wont micro chip their dogs. I cant see the local dog pound knocking on every door in the counrty to check if a) there's a dog on the premises and b) whether its been micro chipped! The government are struggling as it is to provide basic services let alone the roll out of a law such as this. Years ago you needed a licence to own a dog. There were dog wardens and park wardens so together the owners of dogs took their responsibility faced with the penalties before them. Nowadays its a free for all. Good luck to the government for enforcing this one![/p][/quote]What I was thinking - how do they check to see if a dog's been chipped. My German Shepherd is chipped. God forbid he ever got lost but if he did I'd want the best possible chance of being reunited with him again. As for the dog licence. It became unworkable. This chipping scheme is also unworkable. The bottom line is responsible dog owners will abide by the law where the back street breeders and irresponsible dog owners will just stick two fingers up at the new law. Yet again, the majority of responsible dog owners are to be penalised for the idiotic, irresponsible louts that shouldn't even be in charge of a goldfish. Moth
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7:50am Mon 11 Feb 13

gina948 says...

Moth wrote:
gina948 wrote: I microchipped my dog 6 years ago when she was a puppy. Its a good idea if they get lost and are found to be able to check where they belong but I'm not sure how on earth the authorities are going to manage the new legislation for irresponsible dog owners who wont micro chip their dogs. I cant see the local dog pound knocking on every door in the counrty to check if a) there's a dog on the premises and b) whether its been micro chipped! The government are struggling as it is to provide basic services let alone the roll out of a law such as this. Years ago you needed a licence to own a dog. There were dog wardens and park wardens so together the owners of dogs took their responsibility faced with the penalties before them. Nowadays its a free for all. Good luck to the government for enforcing this one!
What I was thinking - how do they check to see if a dog's been chipped. My German Shepherd is chipped. God forbid he ever got lost but if he did I'd want the best possible chance of being reunited with him again. As for the dog licence. It became unworkable. This chipping scheme is also unworkable. The bottom line is responsible dog owners will abide by the law where the back street breeders and irresponsible dog owners will just stick two fingers up at the new law. Yet again, the majority of responsible dog owners are to be penalised for the idiotic, irresponsible louts that shouldn't even be in charge of a goldfish.
Agreed! :)
[quote][p][bold]Moth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gina948[/bold] wrote: I microchipped my dog 6 years ago when she was a puppy. Its a good idea if they get lost and are found to be able to check where they belong but I'm not sure how on earth the authorities are going to manage the new legislation for irresponsible dog owners who wont micro chip their dogs. I cant see the local dog pound knocking on every door in the counrty to check if a) there's a dog on the premises and b) whether its been micro chipped! The government are struggling as it is to provide basic services let alone the roll out of a law such as this. Years ago you needed a licence to own a dog. There were dog wardens and park wardens so together the owners of dogs took their responsibility faced with the penalties before them. Nowadays its a free for all. Good luck to the government for enforcing this one![/p][/quote]What I was thinking - how do they check to see if a dog's been chipped. My German Shepherd is chipped. God forbid he ever got lost but if he did I'd want the best possible chance of being reunited with him again. As for the dog licence. It became unworkable. This chipping scheme is also unworkable. The bottom line is responsible dog owners will abide by the law where the back street breeders and irresponsible dog owners will just stick two fingers up at the new law. Yet again, the majority of responsible dog owners are to be penalised for the idiotic, irresponsible louts that shouldn't even be in charge of a goldfish.[/p][/quote]Agreed! :) gina948
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