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Problems with pet ID are still ‘not solved’

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By Josh Loeb

Official government data showing that nearly all UK dogs are microchipped gives a ‘falsely positive impression’ of how effective compulsory chipping has been, a report published by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home states.

Defra estimates some 96 per cent of dogs are microchipped. However, Battersea says seven out of every 10 strays cannot be easily reunited with their owners, either because the dog is not microchipped or because the details on the chip are not up-to-date.

The charity is concerned that the official figures misleadingly give the impression that the problems of pet identification are ‘almost solved’, adding: ‘sadly, our research continues to show that this is not yet the case’.

The real figure for the proportion of UK dogs microchipped may be closer to 70 per cent, with the proportion correctly microchipped with up-to-date owner information probably far lower, data from several different surveys carried out over the course of several years …

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