Last week, the government announced that every dog owner in England would have to microchip their animal from 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays.
Chief executive of the (Guide Dogs For The Blind) association Richard Leaman said: "Compulsory micro chipping promotes responsible dog ownership and gives the police an effective tool to identify a dog's owner and hold them responsible for their dog's behaviour."
Alun Gwernan-Jones, from the association, said: "Many of our dogs have had to retire early following dog attacks.
"We believe that asking the police to treat dog attacks on assistance dogs as seriously as they would do if a dog attacked a human would really help concentrate dog owners' minds on keeping their pets under proper control when out in public."Really? It's a familiar refrain, it seems, though based on...well, absolutely no evidence.
Just as we did for the previous dog attack story, let's take a look at the circumstances, shall we?
Guide dog owner Robert Boon's Labrador, Wag, was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier in Torbay.
Mr Boon said the terrier was out of control and he felt its teeth slide along his hand as it went to attack his dog.
"I saw the Staffie run towards my dog, heading straight towards her head," he said.
Mr Boon pulled Wag out of the way and ended up in the middle of Abbey Road in Torquay.
He was helped back onto the pavement by passers-by.
Mr Boon said the two men retrieved their Staffordshire bull terrier and left laughing at what had happened.Does anything about that say 'owners whose mind would be concentrated by more legislation' to you? Because it certainly doesn't to me.
And as for 'treated as seriously as attacks on humans', well, it is to laugh. Hollowly.