Rip Off Britain on BBC1, Monday 20th January 2020 at 9.15 am.
The team investigate pet microchipping. It is supposed to help reunite you with your lost pet, so why is it leaving some dog owners heartbroken?
Don’t miss it! I did some filming for this a couple of months ago, fingers crossed they are able to cover all the problems with microchips!
You can email the program with your thoughts:- RipOffBritain@bbc.co.uk.
#ScanMe #CheckThatChip #FernsLaw #PetTheftReform #TheftByFinding
Dog and cat owners are leaving heartbreaking stories on the Rip Off Britain Facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/1648071085436082/posts/2540615066181675/?d=n
NOODLES:- My dog Noodles bolted during fireworks in October and is still missing. I alerted the chip company and discovered to my horror that he had NEVER been scanned in his 9+ years, so I can only hope that it is still working and hasn’t migrated as they sometimes do. Given chips are legal requirement I assumed that a vet upon new registration automatically scans, but he has been to 6 vets in his life and has never been scanned. I am now sure someone has him, but my chances of ever getting him back are negligible as scanning is not the law, only having a chip is … bit pointless really. Making scanning mandatory could reunite so many heartbroken owners with their lost and stolen family members.
NOODLES, Male Labradoodle Brown (slightly Grey Tint) (Age: Older Adult)
Missing from FROM HOME, Shurlock Row, Berkshire, RG10 0PL, South East on Saturday, 26th October 2019
SUBSTANTIAL REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE SAFE RETURN OF NOODLES
Size of small Labrador
CONTACT: 07765 290036 or 07740 968688
ALBI:- Our beautiful Albi went missing October 2018 aged just 2.
Albi was rightly microchipped and registered as the law states. We strongly believe Albi has been picked up and for whatever reason has been kept, even though this would be classed as theft by finding.
Unfortunately even though its law to microchip dogs, there is no law to make vets scan every dog that comes through there doors. Albi could have visited vets with a new owner claiming him and sadly we would be non the wiser.
The heartbreak of missing our beloved pets is unbearable, the not knowing is torture, it never ends, they are family members to us, Albi is on my mind 24/7 and the search will go always go on for us 💔
We desperately need scanning to become compulsory with pet theft on the rise.
ALBI STILL MISSING PRESUMED THEFT BY FINDING
Male Terrier Cross Brown And White (Age: Adult)
Missing from Whitfield, Kent, CT16 area, South East on Friday, 5th October 2018
SUBSTANTIAL REWARD OFFERED
CONTACT: 07765 290036 or 07740 968688
TEDDY:- My dog Teddy has been.missing since September 2018.
Ted is microchipped and after constant searching in whatever way we can there has been no word or sightings of him.
Sadly vets do not scan for chips and so Ted could be out there with a family that may not know he is missing or stolen.
We are broken as a family and to have a pet that disappeared on a walk is heart breaking.
We can never have closure.
And will never stop looking for teddy.
Vets really need to scan all pets.
Help find teddy sy12.
TEDDY, Male Cockerpoo Chocolate Brown (Age: Adult)
Missing from Cathays Moss, Welshampton near Ellesmere, Shropshire , SY12 area, Central on Friday, 28th September 2018
CONTACT: 07816680452 or 07583593343
DANA:- My dog Dana went missing in June 2016. By law of course, she is microchipped but there is no law currently to enforce Vets to scan a dog when they are brought in to their practice for the first time.
If Dana was picked up by someone and not reported as a found stray but kept (which is illegal and termed as Theft By Finding) or sold on to an unsuspecting family, she could be registered with a vet without being scanned for a microchip and so flagged as missing or stolen. This is how the microchip system is failing me because Dana could be with another family now and may never be checked for a microchip!
This situation has happened recently with a spaniel called Fern who was suspected as stolen and then returned to her family 6 years later when she was found and eventually scanned. But there were various occasions previously where she could have been checked for a microchip, flagged up as stolen and returned to her rightful family sooner!
We are going through years of heartbreak, not knowing where our precious family members are! We are living a life of limbo, never really able to move on or be truly happy! It is Dana’s 6th Birthday tomorrow (January18th) and we are broken hearted we are missing yet another of her birthdays! This is why the microchipping system and everything related to it, needs to be reviewed and overhauled, to stop this happening to other families like ours!
Get Dana Home ❤️🙏🏻❤️
DANA MISSING 3 YEARS
Female Cross Breed White And Brown (Age: Young Adult)
Missing from Mead Avenue, Langley Village, SL3 area, South East on Saturday, 18th June 2016
CONTACT: 07778511453 or 07816214786
RAGS:- I was told by several veterinary practices that if my missing dog was in their waiting room with an “owner”, even if she was sitting under her Missing poster, she would not be scanned because she was “there with her owner”.
That year, the company that made her microchip, and subsequently had to admit to not quality checking them for four years, so many failed (possibly hers), made millions in profits from pet ID – that is from microchips. Let me repeat that. They made millions in profit from microchips which they did not quality check and subsequently these microchips failed. For four years, they failed to quality check the microchips they were selling to give pet owners “peace of mind” should their pets get lost. I would so like them to try the peace of mind that the owners of missing pets who bought those chips in good faith have had.
RAGS MISSING 8 YEARS, Female Terrier Cross Gold With White, Rough Coat (Age: Adult)
Missing from Raven Hayes Woods, Frankley, West Mids, B32 area, Central on Friday, 2nd September 2011
CONTACT: 0121 476 1828 or 07905 472810
RUBY AND BEETLE:- #findrubyandbeetle #rubyandbeetle #ripoffbritain
Rip Off Britain, Monday 20th January 2020, 9.15am featuring RUBY and BEETLE
Let’s get Willow home posted on her page on Wednesday that they are going to be featured on Monday mornings programme.
Well I have news for you all… SO ARE WE… 😊
A very cold day in November at 7am Ed and I met with a TV researcher and producer from the BBC, on behalf of Rip Off Britain. I have kept this a secret as I was told to, although I have been desperate to share this news with you all. Today I received confirmation that we will be featured, along with others, on the programme highlighting Pet Microchipping and the failing system.
I the can’t thank this group enough for how proactive, determined and persistent you have all been. I’m sure you will all welcome this news and hopefully, definitely we are going to reach a new audience.
RUBY AND BEETLE,
Female Border Terriers Reddish/Brown (Age: Adult)
Stolen from TD8 area, Scotland
Mother and daughter
CONTACT: 07989513946 or 07885712165
or call Police Scotland on 101
Facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/357753078107883/?ref=share
TILLY:- Our dog Tilly has been missing for 1 year and 4 months, she has been registered as stolen with the police and her micro chip company. Vets do not check micro chips as I learnt myself.
My Mother went to register her dog (a rescue) and after the routine health checks, I asked the vet if she was going to check for a microchip (as she clearly hadn’t). Her answer was it wasnt necessary and that they would only check if they felt something was suspicious. I then told her about my dog Tilly (which the practice knew about due to our posters and publicity) and how I felt extremely disappointed that a chip wasn’t routinely checked.
My dog could well have visited a vets and not had her chip read? I said to the vet that I was disappointed and disgusted that this would not be part of the regular registration process. This should be law as it is to chip your pet, it takes seconds to check and I am appalled that it doesn’t routinely happen. I will not name the vet and embarrass the practice and I do want to highlight that this was a shock to me as our local vets are excellent in every way. Tilly is also registered on Pets Reunited which also notifies local vets about missing pets
TILLY, Female Tibetan Terrier Brown/white And Grey (Age: Older Adult)
Stolen from North Leigh,
Oxfordshire, OX29 area, South East on 16th September 2018.
CONTACT: 07906 073673 or 07977 049267
or call Thames Valley Police on 101.
CLOONEY:- There are additional problems that some of us have lived to regret simply because we made assumptions based on what we were told when we opted to microchip. Those of us who have paid into the microchipping system with the expectation that they will automatically be scanned, may well have made the same judgement call as I did when it comes to who to contact first in those panic-fuelled first months.
There is so much to cover when you are physically searching, some of us very much alone, that I considered it reasonable to assume that rescues would obviously scan and check the details of any pet coming into their care. This couldn’t possibly be flawed logic because surely, those who are rehoming would first check that the found pet hadn’t actually got a home…..? I actually prayed that Clooney would turn up at a rescue, rationalising that I could afford not to make them any kind of focus at the outset because they would call me, so didn’t actually even make contact with them until other avenues had been exhausted.
That same flawed expectation told me that vets of course would check the chip because that’s what it was implanted for, so I contacted all the local ones initially but was reassured that my boy had a chip and would be scanned had he been taken to a vet further afield. Highways would scan too…. of course they would because microchips were a thing and authorities clearly must respect their presence or potential presence. How shocking it was to discover that no one actually has to scan legally – and not even morally it seems! How distressing to learn that he premise of the microchip was not to reunite; it was to make money.
I have lived to bitterly regret my decision not to contact rescues in the early days as my boy could have been rehomed within seven days because I hadn’t made contact and then registered at a vet with an an innocent owner and a new identity. 😢
We all know now that once through the preliminary registration it grants them a pretty much impenetrable veil of forever concealment because they will not ever be cross referenced with their microchip details. 😢
How many pets are registered to ‘owners’ with a chip number recorded against their details whilst their silent chip holds its desperately sad secret? 😞
Had he not been microchipped then I would have prioritised things so differently – it affects our choices and it is only my poor Clooney and I who are left to suffer the heavy life sentence of eternal separation, not those who fail to pick up a scanner and check identity. X
CLOONEY MAY BE IN RAINHAM KENT OR DOWNHAM MARKET NORFOLK
Male Cat Cream With Black Points (Age: Adult)
Missing from Hemblington, near Norwich, Norfolk , NR13 area, East Anglia on Thursday, 13th June 2013
CONTACT: 07932 662731
Facebook:- Clooney Clarke
WILLOW:- Find me on the BBC 9:15-10am on 20th Jan talking about how heartbreaking it is to have a dog taken, how the law doesn’t fit the crime & how little is done to help.
I just hope the more publicity on TV & in papers will mean people will start to think more & if laws are changed they become strict enough to deter thieves from stealing our family members. Fingers crossed this Year Willow is home.
#letsgetwillowhome . #fernslaw #tukslaw & the #pettheftreform become law 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 #stolendog #dognapping #bbcshow #ontv #tvshowondognapping #checkthechip #scanme #comehome #2020fingerscrossed
WILLOW, Female Sprocker Brown (Age: Adult)
Stolen from Homer. Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 area, Central on 17th September 2018.
CONTACT: 07979507792 or 07768623675
or call West Mercia Police on 101.