Compulsory microchips for dogs

The Government will today announce new measures to tackle irresponsible dog ownership, including new regulations requiring all dogs to be microchipped in England by 2016.

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What is microchipping?

  • Introduced in 1989, the microchip is a small electronic device, implanted between the shoulder blades of the dog.
  • The Microchipping costs around £20-£30.
  • Once a microchip is scanned, the local authority or welfare organisation contacts a national database to locate the owners
  • According to the Dogs Trust survey, microchipping accounts for more than 30 per cent of reunions between pet and owner.
  • More than four million dogs and cats in the UK have been fitted, with up to 8000 new registrations every week

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