Lost or stray dogs will be reunited with their owners thanks to microchipping laws which came into effect in April 2016.
Under the new measures all owners must ensure their dog is microchipped and their details are kept up to date. Not only will this mean the UK’s 8.5 million dogs can be returned to their owners more quickly if they wander too far from home, but it will also make it easier to track down the owners of dogs that carry out attacks on people.
It is important to note that if you are buying a puppy, they must by law, already be microchipped with the breeders details listed as the owner. The breeder then transfers ownership to you when you are ready to take your puppy home. Although microchipping is not an expensive process, it must be noted that some breeders may wish to charge extra for this service.
Please ensure that when you collect your new dog that it is microchipped and the breeder or sanctuary (if you are buying a rescue pup) has transferred ownership to you.
You can read more about the laws surrounding microchipping of dogs on the Government’s website here.