The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has
renewed its call for compulsory microchipping of all dogs in response to two
major reports on dogs today.
Dogs Trust revealed the number of stray dogs in the UK has reached an
eleven year high with over 126, 176 dogs picked up by local authorities in the
last 12 months and around 20 dogs a day being put to sleep.
Guide Dogs released new research showing seven attacks per month on
guide dogs by other dogs over the last 14 months. These shocking statistics
signify the failure of some owners to properly control and manage their dogs in
Commenting, Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said:
“These hard hitting reports expose the heartache and financial costs
that arise when dog owners fail to take their responsibilities seriously.
“Although compulsory microchipping is not a magic wand, it would prove
enormously helpful in increasing the number of dogs that can be reunited with
their owners, reducing the number of dogs that are in kennels or euthanised,
making it easier to identify irresponsible owners, and promoting the
responsible ownership message.
“The BVA is a member of the Microchipping Alliance, which is calling on
Government to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs to save taxpayers’
money and promote better dog welfare.
“We hope these reports from the Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs will encourage
Ministers to take urgent action.”
(Published by BVA - 05