Gaps in the law are preventing stolen dogs from being reunited with their families, despite being microchipped, campaigners have warned.
Vets are under no obligation to the check chip of any pet they treat, and even if they do, a pet thief could easily change the registration details and leave no trace of the previous owner.
It comes after a sharp rise in dog snatchings, with a record high of 1,931 cases reported last year, up 27 per cent from 2014.
That’s why Debbie Matthews has launched an online petition calling for a series of changes in the law, which has fetched more than 40,000 signatures so far.
— Read on metro.co.uk/2019/09/30/microchip-law-loophole-helping-dog-thieves-get-away-10831388/