Police Stations to Scan Dog Microchips
Police stations in East Yorkshire to use new microchip scanning devices to reunite stay/lost dogs to their owners quickly.
11:43 01 March 2018
Four police stations in East Yorkshire are provided with new microchip scanning devices, allowing them to quickly identify the owners of lost or stray dogs. It is now the law for all dogs to be microchipped. With the new technology, police can reunite owners and pets without the involvement of the council’s dog wardens.
Councillor Shaun Horton said: "The police do get calls from the public reporting lost or stray dogs so it made sense to give them a scanning device for some of the East Riding police stations. It also means that the police don’t have to contact the council’s dog wardens so they can they can reunite owner and dog quickly."
PC Brandon Ward, wildlife/rural crime officer with Humberside Police, said: "Having the ability to check a dog’s microchip will assist the police in identifying the owners of dogs which, for various reasons, come to our attention.
"Dogs used by poachers involved in hare coursing in particular, can be scanned to ascertain if the owners are complying with the law. If they are found not to be chipped or details are not up to date, we will then inform the relevant local authority for them to take action against the owner."