The Welsh government has announced it intends to introduce a new ‘control of dogs’ bill in Spring 2013. If passed through the Welsh Assembly the bill would become new legislation which will be applied to Wales (not England, Scotland or NI).
“When I announced our legislative programme I said we would consult and engage with the public and stakeholders through Green and White Papers and strike the right balance between what is on the face of an Assembly Bill and what detail is left to subordinate legislation. We have done exactly that."
- The compulsory micro-chipping of dog by a specified date*
- The extension of section 3 of the DDA** to cover all places
- The introduction of Dog Control Notices which are issued by local authorities and the courts
** Dangerous Dogs Act - section three - applies to all types and breeds of dogs.
Pre-ballot Information - Policy Objectives of the Bill:
b) ensure the premises where the dog is kept are suitable, appropriate for its welfare and safety and secure;
c) keep the dog on a lead and muzzle it at specified times and/or in specified places;
d) keep the dog out of specified places or areas;
e) neuter the dog if male; and
f) together with the dog, undergo and successfully complete an accredited training course in the control of dogs.
a) power to enforce and effect compliance with a notice;
b) where the court thinks fit, power to direct a local authority to serve a notice, the court to specify the steps to be included in such a notice;
c) power to make a destruction order in the circumstances described in paragraph a) above; and
d) such other powers as are necessary.
A public consultation seeking views on the compulsory microchipping of dogs was held by the Welsh Assembly and ended on the 8th August 2012.