Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity has urged all dog owners to ensure their dogs are microchipped, ahead of new legislation which states all dogs in the UK must be microchipped by 6th April.
The charity has been offering free microchipping since 1999 at its network of rehoming centres, and at free events up and down the country.
Microchipping your dog gives you the best chance of being reunited, should he become lost or stolen. It will also be a legal requirement to ensure that all contact details are up to date.
After 6th April, Dogs Trust will continue to provide free microchipping at its rehoming centres, by appointment only.
A total of 275 dogs were put down between November 2013 and November 2014 by Leeds City Council – 28 per cent of all stray and abandoned dogs put in kennels by the council. And 136 were put down from November 2014 to November 2015, 16 per cent of the total dogs placed in kennels. A spokesman for the council said: “We don’t like any healthy dogs being put down but this is a sad inevitability of people leaving dogs unidentified and unclaimed or unable to be rehomed due to breed or temperament.” Across the UK, 5,142 stray dogs were put to sleep by councils between 2014 and 2015, which works out at about one every two hours.