All UK dogs must be microchipped as of April


According to the national Government, all dogs in the UK must be microchipped from 6 April 2016.

The owner who fails to do so will face a £500 charge.

The reason behind this law is to reduce troubles for the dog rescues.

Dr. Samantha Gaines, head of the RSPCA’s companion animals department believe that this law enforcement is the way to give benefits to dog owners and their pets. For example, it would be faster when it comes to finding the owner for lost or stray dogs.

Besides getting dogs microchipped, to make this law effective, the owner should also keep their information up to date, such as their phone number and their address, as well.

Joanne Tuck, senior receptionist of Margaret Green Animal Rescue said, “The reason for this law is to make sure lost dogs can be more easily reunited with their owners.

“Instant access to a data base can find out who owns the dog quicker, so this will not be a burden on dog rescue and it can them money.”

Every dog can be microchipped for free which is provided by Bournemouth Borough Council and Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) at King’s Park café, Bournemouth on Saturday 20th February.

“We will inject microchip into all dogs for free and the owner’s detail will be recorded into the microchip.”

Amy De-Keyzer, RSPCA Press Officer said “There are mixed opinions among the public about this law.”

Some people say that they do not see a good reason for this law because they think that microchipping dogs should be the owner’s decision not the government.

On the other hand, other people agree with the government because they think that it will help reunite the owner and the dog quicker.