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English dogs will have to get microchips

Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM

LONDON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Postal workers in England and Wales could soon be getting their wish, microchips for all dogs so the owners of those who bite can be easily identified.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to announce this week the implantation of microchips will be compulsory for all dogs under the age of 3, and within a few years all animals will have the chips, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Under the new rules, owners could also be prosecuted if their pets attack anyone in their homes.

The chips would include owners' names and addresses and an ID number. That would allow the owners of dangerous, stray and abandoned animals to be traced.

Postal employees have been lobbying for stiffer laws on biting dogs. Organizations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also support the changes.

About half of the pet dogs in the country are believed to have microchips now. Owners will be subsidized for complying with the law, the Telegraph said.

Northern Ireland made microchips for dogs compulsory last year.

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