A SOUTH Wales East AM is backing Kennel Club’s Chip it, Check it campaign to save the lives of 8,000 dogs put to sleep each year because their owners can’t be found.

Lindsay Whittle AM hopes to highlight the issue and raise awareness of microchipping which is due to become compulsory from March 2015.

Mr Whittle met with constituents Leigh Curtis and Ricci Morgan to discuss the importance of microchipping and checking contact details as part of the Kennel Club’s National Microchipping Month during an event at the Senedd, in Cardiff Bay.

The event launched the new Chip it, Check it campaign in Wales, which is supported by assembly members and animal welfare organisations.

Regulations will place a requirement on owners to have their dogs microchipped and registered on one of the databases available.

Details at: nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk