Association responds to “hard hitting reports” from dog-related charities by renewing calls for compulsory microchipping in order to save taxpayers’ money and promote better dog welfare.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has renewed its call for compulsory microchipping of all dogs in response to two major reports on dogs, released yesterday by Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs.
Dogs Trust revealed the number of stray and abandoned dogs in the UK had reached an eleven year high with over 126,176 stray dogs picked up by local authorities in the last 12 months and around 20 dogs a day being put to sleep.
Guide Dogs released new research showing how attacks on guide dogs by other dogs have more than doubled since last year. The research shows seven attacks per month on guide dogs by other dogs over the last 14 months.
These shocking statistics signify the failure of some owners to properly control and manage their dogs in public, claims the BVA.
BVA president Harvey Locke said: “These hard hitting reports expose the heartache and financial costs that arise when dog owners fail to take their responsibilities seriously.
“Although compulsory microchipping is not a magic wand, it would prove enormously helpful in increasing the number of dogs that can be reunited with their owners, reducing the number of dogs that are in kennels or euthanised, making it easier to identify irresponsible owners, and promoting the responsible ownership message.
“The BVA is a member of the Microchipping Alliance, which is calling on Government to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs to save taxpayers’ money and promote better dog welfare.
“We hope these reports from the Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs will encourage ministers to take urgent action.”