Express Advocate; Terry Collins; 9 Feb 2011
INCLUDING point-of-sale information on pet microchip data could help tackle the problem of pet over-population on the Central Coast, environment groups have claimed.
Community Environment Network spokeswoman Louise Greenaway said the group gave cautious support to a proposal from the Pet Industry Association to include details of where a dog was bought on its microchip file.
“The association indicated it would take responsibility for finding homes for dumped or surrendered dogs if a microchip check revealed the animal was first sold through a pet shop accredited by the pet industry,” Ms Greenaway said.
She said the network had included point-of-sale information in microchip data as one of its proposals for an overhaul of the Companion Animals Act promised by the Coalition if it should win the March State Election.
“It came as a pleasant surprise to see that the pet industry had also recognised this as a useful tool,” she said. “Pet overpopulation is a huge problem, not just for the unwanted pets but for the community as a whole.
“Associated problems include wildlife destruction, attacks on people and pets, neighbourhood barking and the disposal of many thousands of tonnes of pet excrement each year.” The Pet Industry Association will release details of the new policy within weeks.