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Controversial new law relating to dog accidents

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 03/03/2015   Category: Latest News

Dog’s owners will now not be told if their pet is killed on a main road after a controversial rule change. However now campaigners are opposing this rule change and are planning to fight this in Parliament.

Road workers are not obliged to look at the collar or scan the microchip of a dog that have been run over and left on the road. They will now also be able to dispose of the dog’s body without contacting the owner whose details are on the dog.

Campaigners and MPs are now fighting the debate and are doing all there is possible to see action taken to change this rule so that dog owners who lose their pets are not left searching for months without knowing their dog has already died and been disposed of.

There is currently an online petition changed ‘Harvey’s Laws’ which campaigners are urging people to sign before it goes to Parliament. Harvey’s Law is named after a miniature poodle Harvey died on a motorway whilst his owners spent £8,000 on a 13 week search for him. The petition has already received over 111,000 which means it will now be debated by the Backbench Business Committee next month.

The campaigners want to see the Department of Transport to impose compulsory scanning of all pets found on roads and ensure reports are filed with the correct information for any pet owners who come to find their pet. This seems to work well with the new law starting in April 2016 where all pets in England will be micro chipped however the Highway Agency contract currently stipulates that dogs found dead on roads do not need to check for identification due to cost cutting reasons.

The new rules are already in force in many areas and will be rolled out across the rest of the country by July.

Jason McCartney, Tory MP has said that it would be nothing but humane to check for the identification on a dog found, ‘We really are a nation of animal lovers. There is no high cost burden to doing this; it would just be a very helpful and supportive thing to do.’

A spokeswoman from the RSPCA 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.’

If you agree that this law needs to be reversed then sign the Harvey’s Law petition before it is debated next month.