Animal shelters welcome order to micro-chip all dogs
ANIMAL shelters in Derby have welcomed a proposed new law stating all dogs must be micro-chipped.
The Government announced this week it planned to introduce legislation – to come into effect from April 2016 – in an effort to cut the number of strays.
Pet owners who do not get their dog micro-chipped will face a £500 fine.
Malcolm Hall, from Derby and District RSPCA's Abbey Street centre, supports the idea. He said: "We really need to get the message across of how important this is. It's a very simple process and not at all painful. The peace of mind this gives dog owners makes it worth it and really increases safety."
Jo Fairbrother, from Second Chance Rescue Kennels in Chellaston, also backed the move. She said: "This is something that should have happened years ago. It's so easy for owners to just dispose of their dogs, so I'm really pleased the Government is going to do something."
Currently, stray dogs cost the taxpayer and charities around £57 million a year.
The micro-chips are small implants placed under the dog's skin.
When scanned, the owner's contact details are traced to a national database.