Stockton South MP James Wharton welcomes plans to tackle irresponsible dog ownership

GOVERNMENT plans to tackle irresponsible dog ownership have been hailed by a North-East MP.

James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, welcomed proposals to introduce compulsory micro-chipping and new powers to help tackle dog-related anti-social behaviour.

Mr Wharton commented on the plans, which were outlined earlier this week by environment secretary Owen Paterson, saying: “The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and caring but occasionally this is not the case.

"Dogs that are not properly trained can be a danger to the public and to other dog owners...These measures will protect vulnerable people, responsible dog owners and the general public.”

A North-East woman whose guide dog was attacked by another dog also welcomed the changes.

Linda Oliver, from Middlesbrough, said: “Zoe had to be treated at the vet’s, she was very subdued and withdrawn for days. This left me housebound, as she was unable to work. It took some time before we recovered enough to have the confidence to venture out again.”

The chief executive of the Guide Dogs charity – who have campaigned since 2010 for compulsory micro-chipping - said that eight guide dogs were attacked every month by other dogs.

Richard Leaman said: “We are delighted that the Government has listened to Guide Dogs’ call for compulsory micro-chipping. This is a vital first step to protecting guide dog owners’ freedom.”

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12:55pm 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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