Government plans to introduce compulsory microchipping have boosted by Kennel Club plan to gift chip scanners to local authorities.

THE Kennel Club (KC) has backed the Government’s decision to introduce compulsory microchipping for dogs by offering free scanners to every local authority in England and Wales.

Microchip scanning.Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets, was established to help reunite dogs with their owners and is managed by the KC.

In its commitment to support implementation of compulsory microchipping, the KC and Petlog will
donate microchip scanners to each local authority over the next two years in time for enactment of the legislation, in a bid to help identify keepers of dogs and reduce costs in kennelling strays until an owner can be found.

This comes as the Microchipping Alliance, of which the KC is a member, estimated that annual cost savings to local authorities relating to dog welfare alone could be between £20.8 million and £23.2 million from the first year of introducing legislation.

Caroline Kisko, KC secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has always been dedicated to reuniting dog and owner through Petlog, and holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate those involved with dogs on the benefits of microchipping. This June we will be celebrating our 10th year of this campaign.

“After speaking with dog owners around the country we are confident compulsory microchipping will be well received. A recent Kennel Club survey highlighted public support for compulsory microchipping, with almost 90 per cent of people strongly in favour.

“Compulsory microchipping will go a long way towards improving welfare by reuniting stray and lost dogs with their owners more quickly while also providing government with solutions to a number of issues relating to irresponsible dog ownership. It is also hoped microchipping will help keep a record of where each dog has come from to improve traceability, and in turn assist with health and welfare issues such as puppy farming.”

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