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.
Head vet Rosie Skinner remarked: “An incredible amount of money – £57 million per year – 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.
“Microchipping 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’s 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.
“I 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.
“If you’re responsible enough to buy a dog, you should be responsible for caring for them their entire life.”
Image: Rosie Skinner.