MSP urges microchipping

DOGS Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity with two centres in Scotland, and Nanette Milne, MSP for North East Scotland, met with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, to discuss compulsory microchipping

This follows its planned introduction in the rest of the UK. At the meeting Mr Lochhead confirmed that he will consider with ministerial colleagues consulting on the issue

During the meeting, Dogs Trust outlined the numerous welfare benefits of microchipping, which is a simple and effective tool to help rapidly reunite lost or straying pets with their owners.

Nanette Milne, said, “The action which the UK Government is taking on the introduction of microchipping for dogs will, it is hoped, help address the problem of thousands of dogs being dumped. However, I am concerned that if we do not have similar legislation in place in Scotland we could see the problem dramatically increase with Scotland becoming an easy route for the illegal import of puppies.”