A CHIP van with a difference rolled into Solihull High Street last Friday.
Those hoping to buy a saveloy and mushy peas would have been disappointed, because this van deals with electronic chips - specifically those used to keep tabs on animals.
Members of the Dogs Trust chatted to shoppers about their latest campaign. They want to make it compulsory for dogs to be microchipped and have received backing from Solihull MP Lorely Burt.
Mrs Burt said: “I’m delighted to meet with the Dogs Trust team as I am hugely in favour of the work they are doing.
“By reducing the number of unidentified stray dogs, we can reduce the number unnecessarily destroyed - as a nation of animal lovers, we should do all we can to protect man’s best friend.”
According to the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest canine welfare charity, thousands of dogs are put down every year because their owners can’t be traced. Last year, 97,000 stray dogs were taken in by local councils and 6,710 were put to sleep.
Clarissa Baldwin, of Dogs Trust, said: “We urgently want to see these figures decrease and believe that microchipping can aid the process.”
For more on the chip van visit www.dogstrust.org.uk .