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Crufts Print E-mail
Friday, 11 March 2016 13:22

Television coverage of the 125th Crufts dog show starts in earnest tonight on Channel Four.  Love it or loathe it, the show often includes some interesting facts, figures and sights. For example, tonight there will be a piece of the benefits of microchipping...  But what a shame it is presented by the over-exposed - and to many people, irritating - Clare Balding.  Was it really not possible to find another presenter?

Chipping deadline Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 12:14

New legislation comes into force on April 6 requiring all dogs over eight weeks old to be microchipped.  Acording to DEFRA while 83% of owners have already chipped their dogs, around 1.45 million have not, facing a £500 fine if caught.  The law is designed to ensure that owners of dogs that attack people or other dogs can be traced as well as helping to reunite owners with their pets; last year the owners of more than 8,000 strays were successfully traced thanks to the chip.  Microchipping a dog at the vet costs between £10 and £30 but many charities like the Dogs Trust offer a free service.  For more information visit www.chipmydog.org.uk

Attacks on guide dogs Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2016 12:23

The charity Guide Dogs says that attacks on their dogs have more than tripled in the last five years.  On average 11 guide dogs were mauled each month last year costing the charity £650,000; 43% of the dogs were hurt in the incidents and the ability of two out of five was affected afterwards.  To say nothing of the physical and emotional effects on the owner: one in seven attacks resulted in physical injuries and the majority felt anxious and upset.  This is appalling and totally unnecessary if owners of dogs known to be aggressive kept them on the lead and/or muzzled.  But dog on dog aggression is increasing overall which is something we all need to be concerned about...

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