17 March 2016

Microchipping Dogs to Become Mandatory in England

Scanning for a microchip
As reported in The Telegraph, as of April 6th this year microchipping dogs will be compulsory in England.

Failure to comply will result in fines of up to £500.

George Eustice, animal welfare minister, told The Telegraph, “Microchipping our dogs will not only reunite people with their lost or stolen pets, but also help to tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets and relieve the burden placed on animal charities and local authorities.

The hope is that by returning dogs to their owners more quickly and efficiently, local authorities and charities will save millions in pet food, housing and re-homing costs.

It will also reduce the stress on the dog – less time wandering or in a shelter - and dog owner, who will have more confidence the dog will be identified and returned.

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