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How successful is the UK dog microchipping policy?

C. Siettou

Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2019) 163, 31–36

doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.12.015

• What did the research find?

Before the announcement of a compulsory microchipping policy, 37.3 per cent of stray dogs were not reunited with their owner. Once the intent to implement the policy was announced, this decreased to 26.9 per cent. After the policy came into effect, a further decrease was observed (to 23.3 per cent). However, Staffordshire bull terriers are less likely to be reunited with their owners than other breeds.

• How was it conducted?

The records of 2974 stray dogs handled by Swale Borough Council were examined. These records were analysed based on the three periods of the policy timeline: before the intent to implement the policy was announced (1 April 2010 to 2 February 2 2013), between the announcement and the date of the policy coming into effect (3 February 2013 to 5 April 2016) and after the policy came into effect (6 April …

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