There is evidence that since the introduction of compulsory microchipping at the beginning of the month, more dogs are being left unclaimed.
DogLost coordinators believe that the rise in unclaimed dogs is due to the fear of being fined £500 for not having a dog chipped.
A DogLost spokesperson said: “At this very early stage we think it is highly unlikely that an owner would be fined if they claimed their dog. Dog Wardens will advise owners to get their dog chipped within 21 days and they may subsequently check that.”
“We would urge all owners to claim their dogs and not be in fear of reprisals”