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Dog microchipping to become law

From April 2016, all dogs in England must be microchipped by law.

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England to be fitted with microchips. And as of April 2016, if a dog without a microchip is discovered, the owner may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine.

With stray dogs costing the taxpayer and welfare charities an estimated £33 million per year, microchipping can only be a good thing. It should help ease some of this burden through easier tracking of lost dogs and reuniting them with their registered owners.

There are also a number of welfare benefits too, as noted by the Dogs Trust, including:

Education, however, is key, and government support for animal welfare in general must be applauded. It’s up to us to keep our four-legged friends safe and protected; and for this reason, the new dog microchipping legislation is welcomed.

It is even possible to get your dog chipped for free. The Dogs Trust is running a Chip My Dog initiative, for example. Find out more here.

For further information on microchipping your dog visit Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets.