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Chipping essential, says dogs' home

Tuesday April 3rd 2012

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is calling for the Government to insist that dogs are fitted with microchips after finding that 72% of the 2,700 stray dogs it took in in 2011 did not have a chip or tag fitted.

Microchips are placed under the skin of an animal and provide information for a national database, so that a dog can be traced. It is illegal for a dog to not have a collar and tag displaying the owner's contact details.

Claire Horton, Battersea's chief executive, said: "The Government must introduce desperately-needed amendments to outdated laws. The sheer number of stray dogs needing our help shows just how grave the situation is and it shows no signs of abating.

"We've been waiting far too long for the Government to reform the current failed dog laws. Battersea takes in 14 dogs every day and it's a huge concern to us when we are powerless to trace the irresponsible owners who dump their dogs or simply let them run off.

"We'll continue to do all we can to help these animals, but we really need to know that the Government is playing its part in helping to sort the stray dog crisis on our streets."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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