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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).