Microchip law – Are you a responsible pet owner?
As of 2016, every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal – the new compulsory legislation comes under plans intended to reduce the number of strays in the UK.
The microchips will be coded with owners’ details, enabling vets to locate the owners if a dog is found, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
Emmview Veterinary Centre in Wokingham welcomes the proposal to make pet owners microchip their dogs. Head Vet, Rosie Skinner, comments, “An incredible amount of money – £57m per year – is spent on caring for and rehoming stray dogs. The new ruling will hopefully cut this figure dramatically and save some of the 100,000 dogs currently being abandoned and left homeless”. She added, “Microchipping is a simple and inexpensive solution that gives pet owners peace of mind – It allows vets, rehoming centres and councils to locate the owners of a stray dog. It’s also much easier to trace and find a stolen dog, providing it is scanned. For this system to work it is essential that people keep their contact details up to date with the microchip company. “I hope that this will make people think carefully about getting a dog, as from 2016 it will be permanently linked to them and dumping an unwanted dog anonymously will become more difficult.”
“If you’re responsible enough to buy a dog, you should be responsible for caring for them their entire life”.