PROPOSALS for compulsory microchipping of dogs and the reintroduction of licensing with restrictions on ownership have been welcomed by the community safety minister.

Roseanna Cunningham said it was "hard to make an argument against mandatory microchipping".

Glasgow Provan MSP Paul Martin led a member's debate at Holyrood on the effectiveness of dog controls and said the attack on eight-year-old Broagan McCuaig by two American bulldogs in his constituency reinforced the need for tougher laws.

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First Minister Alex Salmond has launched a consultation and summit on responsible ownership.