Canine charity offers free microchipping as Government announces news that every dog in England will have to carry a microchip by 2016 in a bid to reduce the number of strays.
The Government’s decision to bring in compulsory microchipping for all dogs have been welcomed by Dogs Trust.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson announced today that from April 2016 every dog in England will have to carry a microchip in a bid to reduce the numbers dumped or that stray every year.
In 2012, more than 100,000 dogs were dumped or lost, more than half of which remain unclaimed, costing taxpayers and welfare charities an estimated £57m.
To encourage owners to get their dogs chipped, Dogs Trust will be offering free microchipping at its 18 rehoming centres across the UK.
Dogs Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin said: “As the UK’s largest welfare charity, reducing the UK’s stray dog population is at the very heart of what we do, which is why we have committed a considerable amount of money to ensure no dog owners will lack the financial ability to microchip their dog.
“Currently, microchipping involves a minimal one-off cost, but the benefits last a lifetime.
“The reality is that no matter how responsible an owner you are there is a chance your dog could get lost or stolen. Microchipping is the most effective way to assist in a lost dog being returned to its owner. Whether it’s an abandoned stray or much loved family pet, there is no such thing as hierarchy in dog pounds.”
Today’s announcement comes as part of a wider package of dog control measures for England that include new powers for police to prosecute owners of dogs behaving dangerously on private property.