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Gildernew introduces new dog control bill in the Assembly

24 May, 2010 - by Westminster

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA today introduced the Dogs (Amendment) Bill to the Assembly.

Following the Bill’s introduction, the Minister said: “The Dogs (Amendment) Bill is one of my key priorities. The current legislation is now more than 25 years old and while it has brought many improvements in dog control here, we continue to have problems with dog attacks, straying and unwanted dogs.

“I am determined to strengthen and improve the existing arrangements to tackle these issues and promote responsible ownership.”

The Minister added: “The Bill will introduce compulsory microchipping, and will allow district council dog wardens to impose controls on dogs where there has been breach of dog control laws. The Bill will also make it an offence to allow a dog to attack and injure another person’s dog.

“I am maintaining the prohibition on certain breeds of dangerous dogs and will bring forward subordinate legislation to introduce further strict exemption conditions aimed specifically at protecting children. In addition, new powers for dog wardens to impose control conditions recognise the importance of ‘deed’ as well as ‘breed’.”

The Minister continued: “When the Bill is enacted I believe that it will, taken in its entirety, mean that we have the strongest dog control legislation in these islands.”

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