Budget Vets have reported a 201% increase in the number of dogs they have micro-chipped over the last six weeks compared to the same period last year.
The six branches across South Wales have implanted 1,486 microchips in dogs to ensure their owners comply with the new law that came into effect on April 6th requiring all dogs over eight weeks of age to be microchipped and registered to an approved database.
Kate Richards, Territory Manager for Budget Vets said, “The demand has been such that our suppliers have run out of stock at times. We have had waiting lists of clients for each of our branches. It’s beginning to calm down a bit now but it has been a hectic couple of weeks.”
The new law was introduced earlier this month requires dog owners to take responsibility of their canine companions. It is being enforced by the Police and local authority officials and owners of dogs who have not been microchipped and registered after this date could be fined £500.
The new law has on the whole been welcomed by the majority of dog owners explained Kate Richards. “When microchipped dogs get lost or are stolen that can easily be identified and returned to their owners quickly and with the minimum of fuss. We also work with a lot of local animal charities including The Dog's Trust and are frequently asked to provide medical treatment for dogs that have been neglected, abandoned and sometimes abused. The new law will hopefully make dog owners more responsible and reduce the number of these cases and also help authorities trace the perpetrators of these callous acts."