Under new measures introduced by the UK government all dog owners must ensure their dog is micro-chipped. Local authorities and charities which would otherwise feed, kennel and home dogs will make £33 million in annual savings were these dogs micro-chipped and returned to owners. From (6 April 2016) owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities that do not have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the micro-chipping law. If they do not, they could face a fine of up to £500.