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Harvey the Dalmatian from Pontypridd found in a bus shelter in England 'doing much better'

The RSPCA is reminding dog owners to make sure their pets are microchipped before a new law comes into place next month - and the importance of updating those chips.

Harvey the Dalmatian was registered in Pontypridd and found in Hampshire. Credit: RSPCA

The animal charity launched says there are many examples of when an animal is found to have been chipped but the owners are not identifiable due to the details being out of date.

Harvey the Dalmatian. Harvey was was found alone and freezing cold at a bus stop near Shedfield Common in Hampshire - 140 miles away.

He was so weak he could barely lift his head or wag his tail.

Harvey was found in Hampshire but was registered at Ynysybwl. Credit: RSPCA

Harvey was microchipped - with the chip’s registered address listed as Ynysybwl, Pontypridd – but the phone numbers on the chip were not recognised.

An appeal for information was launched to try and track down his owners but despite several enquiries his owners have not been found.

Harvey's owners have still not been found. Credit: RSPCA

Harvey is still in RSPCA care in Hampshire and doing much better.

From 6th April - in just a few weeks time - it will be become a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped in Wales and for the owners details to be kept up-to-date.

Harvey’s story really does show how important it is to keep the details on the microchip up to date.

“If you would like to check that your pet’s microchip details are up to date, there are many ways to find out.

If you know which database your pet is registered on, you can check your details are up ­to­ date by logging in online. Or, you can contact the database team over the phone.

– Claire Lawson, RSPCA