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Stray dogs
Abandonment, stray dogs and compulsory microchipping
  1. Paul R. Manning
  1. Astonlee Veterinary Hospital, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9BA; e-mail:

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I AM compelled to write about what seems to me to be some of the best news for animal (in particular dog) welfare in my entire career spanning the past 36 years. I played a relatively small part in what was quite a big campaign involving several organisations pushing for compulsory microchipping of dogs over the past 10 years. There were considerable challenges and cynicism about whether it would work. The BBC Panorama programme, in which I played a role being filmed euthanasing a stray dog, warned me about possible adverse effects, including the possibilities of attacks on my practice, and they even offered a helpline in case of trouble. I was happy to participate in demonstrating the real fate of …

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