Proposed Mandatory Insurance for Dogs. Good idea or an over stepping of government in the U.K?

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    Mar 09, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    Agree or disagree?

    http://www.kansas.com/2010/03/09/1216794/uk-proposes-mandatory-microchips.html
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    Mar 10, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    It's funny that this should come up here today, because of something that happened to me a couple of hours ago. I've been out of town, staying with a friend for a couple of months in Lancaster, PA, while I worked on a show here. And I was taking a walk today around the lovely neighborhood where I've been staying, as I often have during my time here, and when I passed by a house that I always pass on my walks, an unchained, distinctly aggressive, and rather large dog ran up to me barking and coming very close to my hand repeatedly in a threatening way.

    Had I been walking my friend's dachshund, I'm not sure she would have made it back alive.

    This is something that had never happened to me before. It's against the law here, of course. And after a fairly brief time of following me and barking and making aggressive moves toward me, the dog ran back to his home. But I was a little scared. This was not a small dog (though I didn't take note of the breed as I thought it was best not to look directly at the dog but to just keep walking). It's a dog that I can easily imagine being able to do a lot of damage to someone, not to mention to a smaller dog or a cat.

    My friend thinks the owners have an electronic fence. If they do, it wasn't working today (and I know those are not reliable). Fortunately, some other neighbors saw the entire thing, and I hope they know the owners and speak to them about what they saw. I should have stopped and spoken to the neighbors about the whole thing but I didn't.
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    No doubt that owners of dogs should take measures to take care of their dogs. But do you think that the government should require owners to take out insurance on their dog and microchip them. As far as I know, at least in the States, you the owner are responsible for any damage your dog(s) might inflict.
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    Mar 10, 2010 10:55 AM GMT
    By law we must have our dogs Microchipped, our dogs have health insurance, and thats it.
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    If you have a pet especially dog or a cat you shoule be required to have them mirco-chipped and have pet insurance. PERIOOD!
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    Having just paid the bill to have my puppy neutered, I am all for pet insurance. I also think that having them microchipped is the best idea to come by since the ID tag!
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:25 PM GMT
    I wish there was good dog insurance. I had no idea when I adopted my dog a few months ago how many series of vaccines they need. He's also since gotten pink eye and has had stomach issues since his immune system is still building up. We have a cat, but having a puppy is much more like taking care of a baby. While very expensive, it's so worth it. He's a great little guy!