Emmview Veterinary Centre in Wokingham has welcomed the passing of legislation that makes it compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped by 2016.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHead vet Rosie Skinner remarked: \u201cAn incredible amount of money \u2013 \u00a357 million per year \u2013 is spent on caring for and rehoming stray dogs. The new ruling will hopefully cut this figure dramatically and save some of the 100,000 dogs currently being abandoned and left homeless.\r\n\u201cMicrochipping is a simple and inexpensive solution that gives pet owners peace of mind. It allows vets, rehoming centres and councils to locate the owners of a stray dog. It\u2019s also much easier to trace and find a stolen dog, providing it is scanned. For this system to work it is essential that people keep their contact details up to date with the microchip company.\r\n\u201cI hope that this will make people think carefully about getting a dog, as from 2016 it will be permanently linked to them and dumping an unwanted dog anonymously will become more difficult.\r\n\u201cIf you\u2019re responsible enough to buy a dog, you should be responsible for caring for them their entire life.\u201d\r\nImage: Rosie Skinner.