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Dogs face being put down because of owner's microchip failure

Tuesday September 27th 2016

A charity is warning dog owners to check their pet's microchip information with at least 12 pooches facing being put to sleep every day because of people failing to keep their details up to date.

Figures from Dogs Trust reveal around 37,000 lost and abandoned dogs were taken into local authority kennels last year.

Around one in eight of them are pets who cannot be returned because outdated microchip information means their owners cannot be traced.

These 4,732 dogs, which equates to 12 per day or one every two hours, risk being destroyed.

A further Dogs Trust study reveals less that 10% of dog owners consider updating their pets' microchips after moving house to be a priority, with many considering sorting a digital television to be more important.

In an annual survey taken among local authorities across the UK, the charity finds 3,463 stray dogs were put to sleep between April 2015 and March 2016, with a further 37,283 remaining unclaimed in kennels.

It also finds the total number of stray dogs handled in the last year (81,050) had decreased by 21% compared with the previous year (102,516).

Figures show 43,767 of last year's strays were reunited with their owners, with 9,000 cases due to a microchip.

In April this year it became legally compulsory for all pet dogs to be microchipped with up-to-date contact details for their owners. Those owners who fail to comply may face a fine of up to £500.

Adrian Burder, the charity's chief executive, said: " "Stray dogs that find themselves at Dogs Trust are the lucky ones, as we will never put a healthy dog to sleep, but not all of the unclaimed dogs are so fortunate.

Copyright Press Association 2016