THE Manchester Evening News has a story about a family who travelled to France with their pet dog, only to find she could not re-enter the UK due to a faulty microchip.
Coco, the chocolate Labrador, had all the necessary blood tests, anti-rabies jabs and paperwork only for the microchip not to register properly on her return.
Her owners chased around northern France to track down a vet who could help remove the chip from Coco to see if it could then be scanned, but it still failed and the authorities refused to let the dog back in.
DEFRA, who oversee the PETS passport scheme, said they could not let Coco into the UK as the microchip ensured the dog and its papers were one and the same - something they say they couldn't be sure of.
So now Coco is recovering from having the chip removed and faces the prospect of six months quarantine.
Has anyone been in a similar position or received advice from a vet or DEFRA in the event of this occurring? Please feel free to leave a comment below.