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23 September 2010 :: 17:09:42 pm 40257

Data Protection Stops Return of Pet to Owner

With all the PC around these days and Data Protection, is it worth having your precious pet micro chipped?
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A man put his Jack Russell terrier dog on a lead in his garden, returned to find him gone in 2007. The dog had been micro chipped with all the owners’ details and address. He searched woodland in his area, placed an ad in the local newspapers and reported the dog as having been stolen to the police. Earlier this year in April, the owner was informed by letter that the micro chip provider had details of the dogs’ new address and asked if he would like their data base to update the details. It is believed the new owners requested the change.

The original owner told Anibase that he did not want to transfer ownership as the dog was his and had been stolen. He requested the address in order to reclaim the dog, but was refused the information due to the data protection act. He went to the police who refused to disclose the information after deciding there was no criminal case. He then put in a request for a court order compelling Anibase the micro chipping database to reveal the name and address of the new owners, but was refused. A judge at the Huddrsfield County Court ruled that the matter was outside his jurisdiction.

The manager director of Animalcare, that run Anibase stated that it was not a choice but an obligation under the Data Protection Act. If the individuals involved did not want their details passed on to the original owner, they were not able to do so unless compelled to follow a criminal or civil proceeding. He added that it was a common problem that occurs if a pet is involved in a marital dispute or is lost or stolen. People involved are encouraged to sort it out among themselves. They have suggested the original owner see a solicitor to start a civil case.

Early this year, the Kennel Club recommended that all puppies are micro chipped before being sold on with the average cost of implant varying between £25-30. The chip identifies the animal, but does not prove ownership. If a micro chipped pet goes missing, then it must be reported to the police who can demand details of the dog’s location where appropriate.

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