Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Pets killed on West Midlands roads not returned to owners

Dudley MP Ian Austin has blasted a decision by the Highways Agency to stop checking dead pets found on the road for identity chips.

A new Freedom of Information Request has revealed that the Highways Agency has axed its policy of checking dead pets for owners’ identity chips in a number of areas across the country, including the West Midlands.

Local animal campaigners have criticised the decision, raising concerns that owners may never find out that a missing pet has been killed on the road.

The Government announced last year that all pet dogs would have to be have identity chips by 2016 to cut down on stray animals.

Austin has now written to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin that proper identity checks are carried out on pets found on the road.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m sure lots of people in Dudley will be concerned that their family pet could die on the roads and they might never be informed.

“It’s unfair that checks are carried out in some areas but the West Midlands loses out, so I’m urging the Government to do decent checks across the country.”

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