Vets across Lincolnshire are campaigning for local dog owners to adhere to a new law, that will mean that all dogs have to be micro chipped, in hope of it encouraging animal welfare.
The law has come in to act, after the government believe it should save charities and councils up to £33 million a year.
80% of the population does currently comply with the new law, however those who fail to have their dog micro chipped after the 6 April 2016 will be guilty of a criminal offence.
Lincolnshire resident Jean Orrey, from Heighington is the owner of a 4-year-old cocker spaniel and believes that it’s a good idea to get your dog micro chipped. Mrs Orrey said: “Our dog was micro chipped as a puppy. I think the campaign has launched because there are so many stray dogs and lost dogs around, hopefully it will at least lower the number a little.”
Many people have taken to Twitter to share their opinions on the new law, with the majority encouraging others to get their dogs chipped.
Mrs Orrey said: “I think not micro chipping sometimes means more people abandon their dogs because there is no way to trace the dog back to them and they can get away with it.”
“I definitely agree with this law, yes, I think it could hopefully mean more dogs that are lost can be returned. Besides, I would much rather pay the vets to microchip my dog, than pay a £500 fine and risk loosing my dog.”