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Dogs (Amendment) Bill continued

Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew brought the second stage of the Dogs (Amendment) Bill for approval to the assembly, on 7 June 2010.

This is the continuation of the debate.

The bill introduces a requirement to have dogs implanted with a microchip, and increases the cost of licensing.

It also amends the Dogs Order to make it an offence to urge a dog to attack another dog, whether in public or private.

It also gives dog wardens extra powers to protect the public from dogs thought to be dangerous.

The minister said that the bill would create a system to allow flexible and targeted intervention for individual dogs.

However, she added that extended penalties for dog fighting would be included in a different bill as it is a criminal offence requiring the intervention of the PSNI.

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