If your dog or cat is microchipped you need to read on as the Vets Get Scanning / UK Get Scanning appeal affects you and your microchipped pet!
THE PETITION FOR COMPULSORY MICROCHIP SCANNING IS NOW CLOSED AND WE MANAGED TO GET OVER 70,000 SIGNATURES, SADLY THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH TO CALL FOR A DEBATE.
The target was 100,000 signatures by 21st January 2016. The #ScanMe petition can be read here with the Governments response!! https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104379
The reason we struggle to get petition signatures is because what we want to become compulsory is already assumed to be in place! Please help by sharing and explaining to others that #CompulsoryMicrochipping does not mean #CompulsoryScanning.
A Microchip is useless to a stolen or missing dog, unless the UK and Vets Get Scanning microchips and the microchipping system is completely updated! We know there are so many loopholes in the present system because we learnt the hard way! In May 2006 my daughter’s microchipped dogs, Widget and Gizmo were stolen, their story can be found on our heading! ‘Forewarned is forearmed’ and we need the help of responsible pet owner’s like you to contact your MP and talk to your vet.
The new #compulsorymicrochipping regulations will be introduced on 6th April’16, they don’t go far enough and have only been put into place to save money on stray dogs. Nothing is mentioned about #compulsoryscanning for microchips to help find missing or stolen dogs. We have to rely on a ‘Duty of Care’ which we know doesn’t work now!
It’s no good giving all dogs microchips if all vets, agencies and other establishments do not scan and check microchips as standard procedure every and any time an animal is dealt with for the first time, whether dead or alive.
THE FACTS ABOUT MICROCHIPS.
Is a microchip proof of ownership? NO
Do all vets scan pets with owners at registration? NO
Do all rescues scan before rehoming? NO
Do all rescues cross check surrendered pets with microchip registration? NO
Do all council pounds scan before seven day deadline? NO
Do all Highway Agencies and council roads scan deceased pets? NO
Do all Network Rail agencies scan deceased pets? NO
Do all exit ports from the UK scan pets leaving the UK? NO
Please write or email your MP and talk to your vet, you may need to find your pet one day!
MESSAGE TO FINDERS OF DOGS:- FINDERS DOES NOT MEAN KEEPERS!
Failure to report a found or stray dog to the local dog warden, which is the law, could result in you being charged with ‘THEFT OF AN ANIMAL BY FINDING’ and you can be fined up to £500.
IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY BOUGHT, RESCUED OR REHOMED A DOG:-
Please take the dog to be scanned for a microchip, it might belong to someone else!
Vets sell us microchips proclaiming what a wonderful system it is and it is when it works! What Vets don’t tell you is that they will not scan all new dogs or cats with owners registering at their practices for microchips because of data protection issues and they don’t have the time to check details of the registered keeper.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said:-
“Although BVA has said they supported scanning new patients as “best practice” the BVA Council realised that there needed to be a much clearer understanding of what the responsibilities would be of the databases and how the process would work for a vet if the details didn’t match. This has still not been clarified and so we haven’t issued any guidance to members.”
We need the UK databases on board to help the vets and our pets!! The UK databases are Petlog, Anibase/Animalcare, Avid/Pettrac, PetProtect, SmartChip, PetIdentityUK and ProtectedPet.
Stolen and missing dogs may fall through the loop hole of vets not scanning all new patience at registration. What this means is that if your dog is stolen and sold on to an unsuspecting new owner when they go to a Vet, the dog will not be scanned because an ‘owner’ is present and consequently you won’t get your dog back home!
The whole microchipping system in place today is a farce and seriously needs over-hauling if not completely updating, that chance is happening now as legislation is now being looked at, prior to the introduction of ‘compulsory microchipping’ on the 6th April’16.
Equally important in any proposed legislation is that the microchip is proof of ownership and identifies the rightful owner and that the police uphold the law in favour of the rightful owner ensuring that the dog and the owner are reunited without delay!!
The last Pet Theft Census published by MoreThan Insurance was in 2013 and states that:-
Official Police Data shows the equivalent of at least three Cats and Dogs were
stolen every day last year. Showing that 54% of owners never see
their pets again.
52% are stolen from owner’s gardens.
19% are stolen in a house burglary.
16% are stolen from owner while on a walk.
7% are stolen while tied up outside a shop
5% are stolen from a car.
CALL YOUR DATABASE AND MAKE SURE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE! There are 7 UK databases, Petlog, Anibase/Animalcare, Avid/PetTrac, PetProtect, SmartChip, ProtectedPet and PetIdentityUK.
PLEASE HELP GET THE UK SCANNING FOR MICROCHIPS, #ScanMe Microchips need to be scanned to reunit pet and owner! YOU MAY NEED YOUR PET SCANNED ONE DAY!
The aim of the Vets Get Scanning appeal is:
- Vets We want all vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs are scanned and microchips checked on their first visit, as well as the back log of dogs that they have registered but have never been scanned. This is the only time a stolen microchipped dog that has been sold to the unsuspecting public will have of coming into contact with a scanner. This will result in stolen dogs being reunited with their rightful owners. Their is a flow chart prepared by RCVS for vets to follow:-RCVS microchip scanning flow chart
- We believe that Permanent ID and the routine Scanning of all dogs are powerful weapons in the fight against Dog Theft. We are very happy that from April 6th 2016 Compulsory Microchipping will be introduced to the UK. We are saddened that the legislation does not include Compulsory Scanning and checking of microchips.
- Dog wardens should scan all strays thoroughly for microchipps on arrival to kennels. Owners only have 7 days to find their pets and then the council can in effect do what they want, rehome or ‘put to sleep’. There is as yet no statutory obligation to scan for microchips – they are dealing with collar & tag codes of practice and would try to contact by phone if a number is available or by putting a card through to the home address.
- Rescues should scan and must cross check the microchip database registration on all ‘surrendered’ or ‘hand in’ pets and scan all strays thoroughly. Once a pet has been rehomed it is a costly and complex procedure, resulting in the fact you may not get your microchipped pet back.
- Network Rail should scan injured and deceased animals and report to local animal warden. There is no legal recourse for a domestic animal on a track. If a vehicle driver hits a dog, by law it must be reported: not so for the railway. Network Rail’s management is fond of stating it has “no duty to domestic dogs”. Cassie’s Law.
- Highway Authorities should scan deceased animals and report to the local animal warden. Harvey’s Army learnt (through the Freedom of Information Act) that the procedure for collecting canine fatalities on the highways has already been phased out in 6 areas. By July 2015 nowhere in the UK will have to log, scan, notify owners or even the identification organisations that they have collected a fatality. This has now been debated and although a success with the Highways the Council roads were not included and therefore pressure still needs to be continued.
- Boarder Controls leaving the UK:- We note your comments about the checking of pets when leaving the UK, and can understand your concerns. Whilst this is not something that is planned at this time, I want to assure you that I have passed your feedback on to the Pet Product Team for future consideration. We take the transportation of pets very seriously and would like to thank you for taking the time to raise these concerns.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Customer Relations
- No change of microchip registration should be made without contact being made and checking original keeper.
- A microchip should prove ownership in the case of a stolen/missing dog, which means that the microchip identifies the rightful owner and that the police uphold the law in favour of the rightful owner ensuring that the dog and the owner are reunited without delay.
Isn’t is sad that we need to point out these changes when basically that is what is already expected.
Please look on our monthly ‘Archive Posts’ for missing and stolen dogs, some with wonderful updates when they are reunited with their owners.
Sharing missing dog posts, get’s them home. Thank you.