If your dog is microchipped you need to read on as the Vets Get Scanning / UK Get Scanning appeal affects you!
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 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) has now stated:-
“We support scanning new patients as best practice”
This is a huge leap forward and we thank BVA but we now need to make sure your vet is taking this directive on board!
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. This may sound odd but it is!!
There has recently been a Pet Theft Census published by MoreThan Insurance 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.
The aim of the Vets Get Scanning appeal is:
- We want all vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs are scanned for microchips 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.
- We believe that Permanent ID and the routine Scanning of all dogs are powerful weapons in the fight against Dog Theft.
- 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.
- Highway agencies and Network Rail should scan injured and deceased animals.
- No change of microchip registration should be made without contact being made and checking original keeper.
- A microchip should prove ownership, 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.
A Microchip is useless to a stolen/missing dog, unless the UK / Vets Get Scanning and the microchipping system is completely updated!
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 council pounds scan before seven day deadline? NO
Do all rescues cross check surrendered pets with microchip registration? NO
Do all Highway Agencies scan deceased pets? NO
Do all exit ports from the UK scan pets leaving the UK? NO
Please sign this petition, you may need your pets microchip to be scanned one day!
Please look on our monthly ‘Archive Posts’ for missing and stolen dogs, some with wonderful updates when they are reunited with their owners.
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