This post was most recently updated on June 29th, 2018
Do you have your dog microchipped? Many people feel that part of being a responsible dog owner involves microchipping your dog. Recently the Sun newspaper wrote an article highlighting attacks that have happened to guide dogs while out with their owners. Unfortunately, most of these dangerous dogs are never delt with like they should be. This leaves the guide dog owner emotionally upset and the dog having to overcome it’s own ordeal. It can cost around £50,000 for the full life (training, support, breed) of the guide dog. This is very expensive, and such a sad waste of resources if the dog has to be removed from it’s work. Please join the campaign to make microchipping compulsory for all dogs. (see update, below!)
Last month the BBC ran a story about how Northern Ireland is passing a new law to make microchipping compulsory. Any stray dogs will be quickly identified and returned to their owners, reducing the numbers taken to dog-pounds which, if unclaimed, eventually have to be put down. Hopefully fewer stray dogs on the streets will also make them safer for guide dogs and humans alike.
“To promote responsible dog ownership, Guide Dogs, as part of the Microchipping Alliance, successfully campaigned for all dogs to be microchipped. Since April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales are now legally required to have been chipped by the time they are eight weeks old. A law has been in place in Northern Ireland since 2012. Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face a fine of up to £500.”