Updated: Mar 5, 2019
There has been a lot of progress over the past couple of years with regards to local authorities, Highways Agency, environmental health departments etc and what they do with deceased domestic animals they collect, whether that be on the road or wherever. We have been in discussions with Peterborough City Council since late last year about their policies, and thanks to helping and advice from vets, RSPCA, and our MP, I am proud to share the following email with you. PCC and Amey, who collect our local pets found on roads, have now confirmed that they have now got full access to the microchip register and changed their policy so that instead of merely matching a chip to a report of 'lost' from an owner, they now proactively trace and contact the owner. We can now say our council at least, is doing that side of the job as well as they can. Now it's up to you to get those pets chipped!! Well done to all who helped.Peterborough's Lost Pets
Amongst the hullabaloo and maelstrom of the EU Referendum campaign – and believe me it’s a family at war in Westminster and I’ll be glad when it’s done and dusted – one takes comfort in the little things in life that are nothing to do with party politics but contribute to making our area just a little bit better and some folk a bit happier. And this week, I had one of those little victories to make me smile. You could summaries it as pets and chips. The British love their pets, get very attached to them and they’re part of the family – I speak as a cat owner. Our cat Sweetie is part of our family with a mischievous personality and an idiosyncratic character. But what happens if your pet leaves home and never comes back? The upset, distress, worry would be very significant for many people, particularly for young children. At the time of writing, over 160 Peterborough pets are missing. Until now, what has happened to people in Peterborough is that they never see their pet again: Mostly they’re knocked over and killed by a vehicle on a road and Amey’s Street care Service take the body to the city council depot, log the details of the animal and location and wait for an owner to contact before disposing of the body within a month. Often, with or without a “chip” fitted by a vet, or owner contact, the pet owners might never know what has happened to their much-loved pet. So, after constituents raised this with me, I took the matter up with Amey and to their great credit, they promptly reviewed the policy with Peterborough City Council and will now proactively contact owners of any deceased animals and will register on the Petlog website, so that the worry and trauma can be eased just a little bit in trying times. This should ensure animals can be reunited with their owners and people will have a bit of “closure”. I know it’s not as important as the UK’s role as a global trading nation in the world but all politics is local and MPs are there to take up the little cases and well as the big causes. For more information check out www.peterboroughslostpets.co.uk"
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