Consultation outcome

Tackling irresponsible dog ownership

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Summary of responses

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Original consultation

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Summary

Defra sought views on a proposed package of measures aimed at tackling irresponsible ownership of dogs.

Documents

Consultation letter

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Annex A – Consultation document

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Annex B – Microchipping impact assessment

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Annex C – Private property impact assessment

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Annex D – Kennelling impact assessment

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Annex E – Index fee impact assessment

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Annex F – List of consultees

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Consultation description

Defra sought views on a proposed package of measures aimed at tackling irresponsible ownership of dogs. The main proposals:

  • Extending the criminal offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control to private property (where the dog has a right to be);
  • Compulsory microchipping of dogs;
  • Removing the need to seize and kennel all dogs where court proceeding are pending; and
  • Increase the fee for placing a dog on the Index of Exempted Dogs

The proposals, along with other work we are already carrying out, provide  a mix of preventative, educational and punitive measures which are designed to tackle a variety of problems (e.g. allowing dogs to become dangerous, status dogs, allowing dogs to stray and general irresponsible ownership leading to poor welfare and anti-social behaviour).

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