Pet owners will be notified should their dogs be killed on the road after MPs backed a campaign calling for the scanning of animals found on motorways.

MP John Hayes agreed requirements should be brought back.

Harvey’s Law – a campaign named after a poodle that went missing in 2013 – calls on the Highways Agency to scan animals found on the roadside for microchips, which could locate their owners.

Transport minister John Hayes, who made the announcement, argued it was “essential” every possible and practical measure is taken to identify domestic animals killed on the roads and ensure their owners are informed.

Jude Devine, from Sheffield, launched a petition calling for new law after she kept looking for her dog Harvey – who was chipped and had an ID badge – 13 weeks after he was killed on the M62.

His body had been found 20 minutes after he disappeared in 2013, prompting claims the phasing out of microchip scanning was to blame.

The petition attracted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger parliamentary debate.

On March 2 Mr Hayes told MPs he agreed the requirement should be brought back, but stopped short of promising legislation.

He said: “‘I have therefore asked the Highways Agency to ensure that indeed they do collect and identify every animal that is killed and contact the owners by whatever practicable means.

“I have told the Highways Agency that is what I expect. It will be a requirement and that is what will happen. This Government does take this extremely seriously.”

For the full story, read the upcoming issue of Veterinary Times, out March 12.

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