Microchips letting families down!
Data protection works against families of missing pets and favours the finders!
A microchip is not proof of ownership, we are not owners we are ‘keepers’ – which only covers where the pet resides.
Other information you will need in a civil court action to get your pet home:
Police Crime Reference Number
Kennel Club registration
Proof you have been searching for your pet.
Remember it is still not compulsory for the veterinary profession to scan and cross check microchip registration. They say it’s ‘recommended’ and ‘best practice’ to check pets at their first appointment but that is not mandatory and we are being duped into thinking that microchips will help trace our pets.
Post from Snowy’s family:- Does anyone know where Snowy is? He is alive and I’m hoping still in the area. Petlog have made contact and we’re dealing with recovering him legally, but if you have seen or know of this long haired, blue eyed, male cat please encourage the family who have him to make contact so we can try and sort things out.
He may have been shaved – photos show him with long hair, sorry about the poor quality! Please don’t comment about the situation I find myself in (I know it’s not fair and have your good wishes), I just need to raise awareness.
An update: Thank you for helping me raise awareness – I’ve been invited onto Radio Shropshire tomorrow morning to talk about this issue – and I’m going to be calling for a change in legislation to ensure owners who find themselves in this position get more help from the vet, micochipping company and police to recover the animal quickly.
I still haven’t found a solicitor who will take my case, the police say it’s a civil matter, and I have only until 5 February to respond, but there is no requirement for the current people to hand him back – so it’s a long and expensive process. Please continue to share – I know I have your support and well wishes.
UPDATE 26th January 2019:-
Update: step closer – West Mercia police have now opened a criminal file. Interview with BBC Shropshire tomorrow.
1. Pet theft is not properly regulated – draft legislation is waiting to go through Parliament to make it clear what Pet theft is so police can get involved quicker and people can get their pets back without it being considered civil.
2nd issue-vets are not required to scan animals, it’s encouraged but not mandated – Defra and Royal Association of vets know they’ve got to mandate it, but reluctant (presumably because they don’t make any money by doing the right thing)-this perputauates the difficulty for anyone who’s pet is missing/stolen and trying to get recovery.
Both issues will be highlighted to the amazing BBC, who are prepared to listen!
BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE, Monday 28th January at 7 & 8am.
Thank you for your support!!
Snowy has been missing since May 2018. His microchip registration is up to date and flagged as missing. You can imagine Jane’s shock when she got a call from Petlog, giving her 14 days to give permission for the microchip registration to be changed to the new ‘owners’ !!!
‘Theft By Finding’ is a crime and now the process begins to fight to get microchipped Snowy back home.
Do you know who has Snowy?
Please share to help raise awareness and write to your vet and MP.