Your starter for ten points! What is the point of having your dog micro chipped?
- So you can prove it is yours if it is stolen?
- So you can prove it is the same dog that you hold all the vaccination certificates for?
- Any combination of the above?
The Huddersfield Examiner yesterday had the bizarre story of a micro chipped puppy, and his baffled owner.
Dave Moorhouse came home one day in 2007 to find his much loved Jack Russell puppy had been stolen.
He told the vets who had micro chipped and vaccinated the dog that he was missing.
Three years later he got a letter from the micro chipping company asking him if he would let them change the name on their database to reflect the dog’s new owners…..
Yes, he would mind! in fact he demanded the name and address of the people who were claiming to be the new owners – Ooh!! Yelped the micro chipping firm that he had paid for their services – can’t tell you that, Date Protection Laws……
That’s insane, said Dave, and went round to his local police station. ‘Hello, my stolen dog has been found, traced by the microchip I paid to have implanted, and the micro chip firm won’t tell me where he is’ – Grrrr!! Growled the police man that was supposed to uphold law and order – ‘can’t tell you that, might create a breach of the peace’.
‘That’s ridiculous’, said Dave, and applied to his local court for a judge to hear the matter. ‘Hello, no one will tell me where my stolen dog is, and they all know’ Tsk!!, said the Judge, we don’t know that they are the thieves, and if they aren’t, it could infringe their human rights….and he ruled that he had no jurisdiction in the matter.
You don’t need to make it up.