Published On: Tue, Mar 24th, 2015 on 4:45 pm

Dogs Trust: Almost half of Yorkshire dog owners putting pooch at risk

With home buying season kicking into gear, Dogs Trust has today revealed that half of dog owners in Yorkshire are not updating microchips when they move house.

Dog Microchipping

Research by the Dogs Trust has revealed that 41% of dog owners in Yorkshire are putting their beloved pooches at risk by not updating his or her microchip when they move house.

61% said that they didn’t know where or how, and 11% said they didn’t have the time.

Furthermore, 69% of dog owners are unaware that they only have seven days to recover a missing dog from a Local Authority before he or she is rehomed or potentially put to sleep.

Adrian Burder, CEO of Dogs Trust said: “Losing a dog is an extremely upsetting time for both dog and dog owner, incorrect address details can only intensify an already very stressful moment.

“We encourage all dog owners who have recently moved to update their dogs’ microchip details; you can do it online, by telephone or by post.”

Updating dogs’ microchips with the correct details will be compulsory in England by April 2016.

To find out more information on microchip databases and how to update a microchip, please visit www.chipmydog.org.uk/update-your-dogs-chip.

The study was carried out on 3,000 UK-based dog owners carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Dogs Trust last month.

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