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Battersea Hails Scotland’s Decision to Make Microchipping Law

13 March 2015
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

SCOTLAND, UK - Scotland is to make the microchipping of dogs compulsory by April 2016, at the same time as England and Wales, meaning lost dogs will be much more easily traced and reunited with their owners.

Battersea believes the Scottish Government’s decision can go a long way towards helping reduce the serious problem of strays on our streets.

Eight-year-old Harry is one of many strays that end up at Battersea’s door without a microchip. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier arrived at the Home 97 days ago and is looking for a new home. Harry’s problems could have been avoided if only he had been microchipped, as his owner could have been contacted within hours and Harry would have been safely back home where he belonged.

In 2013, more than 60 per cent of all dogs arriving at Battersea were not microchipped, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to successfully reunite lost dogs with their distraught owners.

Battersea scans every animal that arrives at its centres, and can often reunite owners and lost pets within hours. However, if no chip is found, it means the dog could spend days in kennels relying on the chance that their owner will call the rescue centre they’re waiting in.

Changing the law in Scotland on microchipping was first suggested in December 2013 as part of the Scottish Government’s wide-ranging “Dangerous Dogs” Consultation, and for those who have experienced the trauma of their dog going missing in the past, the new law can’t come soon enough.

Dee McIntosh, Director of Communications at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said: “This is great news for all dog owners in Scotland. The new legal requirement should make a real difference to the thousands of stray dogs we see on our streets, making owners more accountable for the dogs in their care.

“A microchip is just the size of a grain of rice and can reunite a lost pet with their owner within hours.

“It’s something all owners, who really love their dog from Peebles to Portknockie should ensure they do.

“Battersea is helping pet owners by offering free microchipping at our three sites and explaining the many benefits of getting their pet chipped.”

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