The Kennel Club gave its views on dog control and what more can
be done to protect communities and encourage responsible dog
ownership, at an event held by the Scottish Government in Edinburgh
The Responsible Dog Ownership Summit was announced by First
Minister Alex Salmond last year after meeting the families of
victims of dog attacks, and was hosted by Justice Secretary, Kenny
MacAskill and Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, of the
Attendees of the summit included the Kennel Club, Dogs Trust,
SSPCA, Police Scotland, the British Veterinary Association, the
National Farmers Union Scotland, the Communication and General
Workers Union, and a large representation of local councils and
Members of the Scottish Parliament including Christine Grahame,
Paul Martin, Dennis Robertson and Nanette Milne.
The summit touched on many of the issues raised in the Scottish
Government's recent 'Promoting responsible dog ownership in
Scotland: microchipping and other measures' consultation, including
dog control, licensing, compulsory microchipping and the
enforcement of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act.
Encouragingly, at the time of the event, the government had already
received approximately 2,000 responses to the consultation,
indicating the issue is one that the Scottish public finds
Speaking on recent proposals to introduce compulsory microchipping
in Scotland, the Kennel Club highlighted the importance of a
legislative requirement within any regulations to keep information
up to date as well as minimum standards for databases, implanter
training and the microchips themselves. The Kennel Club also
pledged its commitment to compulsory microchipping regulations by
offering help in the education of such measures to the wider
public, as it has done in England and Wales.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, commented: "With over
600,000 dogs in Scotland, it is important that all those concerned
with them work together to promote responsible ownership. We
therefore commend the Scottish Government for holding this event to
share ideas on how to tackle current issues relating to dog control
and new measures that can be introduced to improve matters.
"We also expressed our views in the recent consultation which we
hope will result in fair legislation which positively impacts on
dogs and owners and their significant role within society."