Millions could face fines if they fail to microchip their dogs

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All dogs old eight weeks and over in England, Scotland and Wales will be legally demanded to have a microchip from April 6.

This is designed to make it steadier to reunite owners with lost or stolen dogs. But it will also stop track down the owners of aggressive dogs and make it tougher for forbidden puppy farms.

The chips should also save councils and alms-givings £33million a year by reducing the number of strays whose holders cannot be found.

Veterinary chain Vets4Pets yesterday said it guessed that 80 per cent of Britain’s 8.5 million dogs organize been microchipped. But that leaves 1.8 million still without microchips which intimates their owners risk a fine of up to £500 per dog.

Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Examines4Pets, said: “In just a few weeks’ time, tens of thousands of dog proprietors could be breaking the law and facing a fine of up to £500.

“But pet owners shouldn’t worry at hand microchipping their pet. It is an easy and simple procedure.

“A microchip is about the in any event size as a grain of rice and is injected under the skin at the scruff of a dog’s neck.

“Each microchip has a 15-digit ndect which is unique to the pet and can be read through a special scanner.”

Dr Stacey go on increased: “By adding a traceable element to all dogs it will help lost or shoplifted pets be reunited with their owner.

“It is also vital that all holders keep their contact details up to date on a microchip database.

Microchipping costs between £10 and £30 per dog granted it is offered free at Dogs Trust centres.

ula Boyden, veterinary overseer of the welfare charity, said: “Dogs Trust welcomes the new legalisation as we make long cam igned to make microchipping compulsory.

“Losing a dog is an extremely disorganizing time for both dog and dog owner and microchipping increases the likelihood that a dog ss on be reunited with their owner, making it an essential rt of uncultured welfare law.”

Every year more than 102,000 dogs are picked up from the ssages having strayed or been stolen and many cannot be reunited with their proprietors because they have no identification on them.

But Northern Ireland, which put ined compulsory microchipping in 2012, has seen a decrease in the number of stray, exhausted and abandoned dogs.

Animal Welfare Minister George Eustice mentioned: “We are a nation of dog lovers and we want to make sure they stay chest.

“Microchipping our dogs will not only reunite people with their irremediable or stolen pets, but also help to tackle the growing problem of wanders roaming the streets and relieve the burden placed on animal charities and specific authorities.

“Microchipping is vital for good dog welfare and a simple solution for at fault pet owners to provide peace of mind and ensure your much-loved dog can be traced.”

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