Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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All dogs in England to get free microchips

All dogs in England will need to be microchipped to help tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced yesterday.

Each year more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost at a cost of £57 million to the taxpayer and welfare charities.

The Government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from 6 April 2016 to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, relieve the burden on animal charities and local authorities and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.

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