Dog owners in the UK have just one more day to have their pets micro-chipped before they will be breaking the law. The new law, first announced in 2013, is intended to reduce the number of strays and “dumped” dogs around the country and requires all dogs to be micro-chipped. However, there are upwards of one million pups that have still not had the procedure performed, despite large PR campaigns and free chipping programs. Those owners who are caught with dogs who haven’t been micro-chipped will face fines up to £500 (US$714), although there will be a 21-day grace period.
There has been a small resistance movement, led by some who believe that microchips cause complications, especially in very young or very old dogs.