MP ‘chips in’ to Dogs Trust’s campaign

Mr Weir watches as one of the Dogs Trust staff microchips a dog.
Mr Weir watches as one of the Dogs Trust staff microchips a dog.

Local MP Mike Weir attended a microchipping event in Forfar recently as part of a campaign being run by Dogs Trust.

The welfare charity is offering free microchipping for dogs at a series of events around the country and Mr Weir attended the session at Pets Hut to see how the process is carried out and to discuss the advantages of doing so.

Microchipping is an effective way to assist in a lost dog being returned to its owner and from next year it will be compulsory for all dogs in Wales and from 2016 it will also be compulsory in England.

Dogs Trust believes that the Scottish Government should introduce similar legislation.

Mr Weir said: “I was very impressed at the ease with which microchipping was carried out. I saw a number of dogs being treated and none appeared to feel any pain or distress at the procedure, taking it in their stride.

“Given the number of people who attended the event it is clear that there is substantial support amongst local dog owners for the process.

“Clearly by offering this free service the Dogs Trust will ensure that many dogs who would not otherwise do so will be microchipped.”

The Trust also considers that compulsory microchipping will help to improve animal welfare, provide government with solutions to to irresponsible dog ownership and ease financial pressures on local authority services. Reducing the number of stray dogs in the UK is at the heart of its current free scheme.