Worcestershire Dog Warden's microchip warning after increase in pet thefts - The Evesham Observer

Worcestershire Dog Warden's microchip warning after increase in pet thefts

Evesham Editorial 30th Nov, 2020   0

DESIGNER dog owners are being urged to ensure they get their pets microchipped after Worcestershire Dog Warden Pip Singleton became inundated with calls from people who had had their pets stolen.

The warning comes after an increase in dog thefts across the country with some pets being found – because of their microchip – in different parts of the UK.

Pip said: “There’s stories nationally about dogs being taken from gardens, cars, on walks when they are off the leads, nearly every day and unless you have had your pets microchipped, there is little or no hope of being reunited with them.”

Earlier this month Pip warned about the dangers of buying from private sellers rather than adopting dogs from rescues, and the dogs being poorly or having health issues.

Often they are either not microchopped or are registered with a different owner – the real one.

She said: “With lots of people buying pets, particularly during lockdown as they may be working from home or furloughed, the rescue shelters are empty and people are paying thousands of pounds for cross-breeds via private sales.

“As well as checking veterinary records, ask for the micro-chip registration and double check to make sure the dog isn’t stolen.

“If the dog isn’t chipped then get it sorted straight away for peace of mind that they aren’t stolen and to make them less attractive to be stolen.”

For advice on microchipping call the Worcestershire dog team on 01905 822799.


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