The Jerry Green Dog Rescue charity, which has a centre in Algarkirk, has given its backing to new rules to introduce compulsory micro-chipping for pet dogs.
The proposals aim to cut the number of stray dogs as Government figures show more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year, costing the taxpayer and charities £57 million annually.
The charity’s chief executive David Foulds has welcomed the announcement that from April 2016 owners will be legally obliged to microchip their dog or face a fine of up to £500. He said: “We welcome compulsory microchip legislation, which is something we’ve been supporting and lobbying for through the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH). All our centres are equipped to microchip dogs, as having a microchip greatly increases the likelihood of lost pets being reunited with their owners.
He added: “This year, in response to the passing of this Bill, we will carry out all microchipping for free to encourage people to abide by the law.” The procedure doesn’t require anaesthetic and is no more painful than a standard vaccination.