09 March 2010

British proposal would require microchips and third party insurance for dogs

A proposal that would require dog owners to microchip and insure their four legged companions is being considered by the British government.

The legislation is designed to offer protection from dogs that are deemed anti-social, nonetheless, all British dog owners will be required to purchase third party insurance to cover victim’s injuries sustained from a dog attack.

During an appearance on the Guardian, Home Secretary Alan Johnson explained that dangerous dogs, particularly “status” or “weapon” dogs are the intended target of the law. He also expressed concern over the increased number of dogs being bred specifically for fighting.

Although Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, acknowledged that most dog owners are very responsible he added, “We need to ask ourselves as a society are there further things that we need to do to make sure that the public is effectively protected.”

The initiative would allow police or local council wardens to issue dog control orders. These orders can include muzzling, fencing, neutering or requiring the owner to place the offending dog on a lead.

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