‘Ap­palled’ Prime Min­is­ter hopes com­pul­sory chips will tackle theft

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPECIAL REPORT -

THE Prime Min­is­ter said he hopes com­pul­sory chip­ping will help cut down on dog thefts.

Asked on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 21 at his weekly ques­tion time he said it was “appalling” and that he hoped com­pul­sory chip­ping would help.

Con­ser­va­tive MP for Ship­ley Philip Davies ex­plained there had been a sim­i­lar prob­lem in his con­stituency as Bucks has ex­pe­ri­enced, with ral­lies held to draw at­ten­tion to the is­sue.

He said: “This is very dis­tress­ing for the own­ers and dogs con­cerned both of which are de­voted to each other.

Some of th­ese dogs are used for the prac­tice of dog fight­ing and who knows what fate awaits some of the other dogs that are stolen.”

Mr Cameron said: “We are a na­tion of dog lovers, peo­ple are very at­tached to their pets and it is appalling when they get stolen par­tic­u­larly for the pur­poses of [dog fight­ing].”

He added: “Ob­vi­ously the changes we have made in terms of com­pul­sory chip­ping should help with this is­sue but my heart goes out to any­one who has a much loved pet taken away from them.”

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