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Dog owners face complusory microchip law

New laws could improve animial welfare

Dog owners in the Isle of Man may soon be required to microchip their pets if new legislation is passed.

From 2016, all dogs in England will have to be fitted with the implants, which are programmed with their owners' details. 

The new laws are designed to tackle high numbers of strays, and help authorities to return missing animals more quickly.

Roseleen Harrison spoke to a Tynwald Select Committee on Animal Welfare on Monday.

Ms. Harrison presented a Petition for Redress to Tynwald earlier this year calling for the implementation of animal rights legislation, similar to that of the UK's, to be introduced.

She told the hearing how shadowing UK legislation on the Island could hold unscrupulous puppy breeders to account.

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