Pet owners are legally required to microchip their dogs once they are eight weeks old in a law that came into effect this morning - but magazine chief Ryan O'Meara has refuted claims it will reduce dangerous dog attacks.
The new legislation is designed to make it easier to return a dog to its owner if it is lost or stolen, and to assist with prosecution if the dog attacks someone. Owners could face a fine of up to £500 if they do not comply with the new law.
But in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer, K9 Magazine editor O'Meara claims the microchip won't be enough to fix wider problems.
He said: "I have heard people suggest it's going to help with reducing the number of dog attacks and with owners of dangerous dogs. I would challenge anybody to explain how. A dog with a microchip is still going to bite you if it's badly trained, and it's still going to foul on the pavements if its owners don't clear up after it.
"I don't want anybody in government sitting back and saying, 'we've fixed the dangerous dog problem because we've got compulsory microchips'. We need to go a lot further in the prevention of dog attacks."