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Victory for Harvey's Law

Friday, January 30, 2015

We often talk about the importance of microchipping your pet or making sure they have a form of identification; it’s something we, as a veterinary group, are very passionate about due to the number of lost pets that arrive on our doorstep. However, even that is sometimes not enough.

13 weeks and £8,000 to find out Harvey's fate

You may have heard of the recent petition known as Harvey’s Law. The petition was created by Jude Devines from Sheffield, after her beloved dog Harvey was knocked down and killed on the M62 after escaping from a friend’s house. Although Harvey was identichipped and wearing a collar and tag, it took the family 13 weeks and £8,000 to find out his fate.

No compulsory protocols in place

At present the Highway Agency does not have a compulsory protocol in place to scan domestic animals or inform owners if their beloved pet is a road fatality. Ms Devines is calling on the Department of Transport to enforce sufficient protocols, including scanning animals retrieved from highways and logging formal reports to be communicated to local police and dog wardens instead of just needlessly disposing of the bodies.

If the worst were to happen, wouldn’t you like to know what had happened to your pet? Although it would still be heartbreaking, we can only hope that it would help to give pet owners a form of closure knowing what has happened to their furry family member.

BREAKING NEWS: Harvey's Law was officially passed on Monday 2nd March making it a legal requirement for all pets involved in an accident on a highway to be reported to their owners. Hooray!

If a lost pet, alive or otherwise, is brought into a Highcroft surgery, we will always scan the animal for a microchip and make every effort to help find the owner.

Not long left for FREE microchipping

It will soon be a legal requirement to microchip your dog; we are offering FREE microchipping for all dogs until 31st March 2015. Book your dog in now at your local branch before it's too late!

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