The Scottish Government has received a high volume of correspondence from organisations affected by dog issues, and from interested individuals in favour of making microchipping for dogs compulsory.
In May of 2013, Mr Lochhead and officials from the Scottish Government met with the Dogs Trust to further discuss the issue. At this meeting it was agreed that the Scottish Government would consult on the possible introduction of compulsory microchipping of dogs in Scotland. Formal announcement of this decision was made by the Cabinet Secretary at the British Veterinary Association’s annual Scottish dinner in June of 2013.
More recently, following a number of dog attacks the First Minister announced a summit will be held in early 2014 on dangerous dogs. This will bring together Government, local authorities, CoSLA, Police Scotland, prosecutors, victim groups and other key interests to discuss preventative measures aimed at improving public safety and preventing dog attacks from happening.