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Dog microchips 'wont change anything'

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to announce that all dogs in England will need to be microchipped to help tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets.

Dog owners may be fined if they do not microchip their pets from April 6 2016.

The process of microchipping the dogs will be carried out for free by The Dogs Trust.

Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust, told Today programme presenter Justin Webb "it will make a huge difference... with a register kept up to date, people will be able to get their dogs back far more easily".

However, some are not convinced that compulsory microchipping will have the desired effect.

Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today magazine, explained that "the problem is there are many registers and at the moment the chip is not proof of ownership."

"It's not going to change anything," she added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on Wednesday 6 February 2013.

  • 06 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK