Over a million U.K. dog owners face a £500 fine if their dogs aren't microchipped by April 6, following the introduction of a new law requiring all dogs to have a chip inserted under their skin.
According to a study by pet insurers Animal Friends, 26 percent of dog owners have at least one dog who isn't registered on a government-approved database and up to 12 percent of owners don't actually know whether their dog is microchipped.
People have various reasons for not microchipping their dogs: their dogs never leave their sides, their dogs always wear collars, or they have concerns about the data security aspect of microchipping.
Since the technology for microchipping pets was introduced 20 years ago it has been voluntary. However The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 order that, from April 2016, all dog owners in England and Wales must have their animals microchipped with their details on a reunification database.
It's estimated that it costs £57 million a year to deal with the dogs who need to be "kennelled, rehomed or put down because their keepers cannot be traced."
For more information on microchipping your dog visit the Dogs Trust.
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