In promoting responsible dog ownership to old and young, we can ensure that our communities are better places to live. One of the biggest dog related complaints I often hear is about dog fouling, but although it is the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up, it can tar the responsible majority. Microchipping helps ensure that many more stray dogs are reunited with their owners each year thereby reducing both the number of dogs destroyed and the costs for Local Authorities. Both Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club are calling on the Government to introduce compulsory microchipping and I fully support them in this campaign
Earlier in the day, MPs from across the political spectrum entered their canine friends into the 19th annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club. In the face of strong competition, from a mainly Conservative group of entrants, Neil Parish and his dog Wilberforce was announced the proud winner of the hotly anticipated title.