Rule change means owners won’t be told if their dog dies on road

by Bronwyn Hall

A rule change means that road workers are no longer obliged to check a dogs tag or microchip to let their owners know that their pet has died on the road.

Although the law previously stipulated that dogs who were found dead on main roads were to be scanned and their owners informed, this is being phased out due to cost cutting measures.

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This means that while worried families are still searching for their beloved dogs, road workers can collect their bodies and dispose of them without their owners ever knowing.

Of course this rule change has been met with some opposition. MPs and campaigners who feel that the idea is heartless and cruel have said that dog owners should not be left without a clue when their pet goes missing.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA has said “We hope that highway workers will continue to scan for microchips and try to identify any pets that have been killed on the roads. To lose a pet is distressing and to not know what happens to a beloved pet would be very upsetting for many caring owners.”



There will be a parliamentary debate next month where those opposed to the change will argue that the scanning of all domestic animals found on main roads should be compulsory. In addition, they want to ensure that reports are filed with the dog warden.

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