MORE than 8,000 dogs put down every year because their owners cannot be found could be saved, says Mid Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke.

The importance of “Chip It, Check It” microchipping and checking details were up to date was highlighted as part of the Kennel Club’s National Microchipping Month during an event in Old Palace Yard, Westminster.

There will be a change in the law from April 2016 requiring owners to have their dogs microchipped and registered on one of the databases available. Owners will also be responsible for ensuring the information is kept up to date.

“In the countdown to compulsory microchipping, National Microchipping Month is an ideal reminder for local people to ‘Chip it, Check it’ – to get their dogs microchipped or if already chipped, check their contact details are up to date on the microchip database,” said Annette, pictured left.

The Kennel Club’s Petlog is the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. For more information go to