Harvey’s Law to Be Discussed in Parliament

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

harvey_missing_poodle_rainhillA suggested law to make it compulsory for the Highways Agency to scan and report dead domestic animals will be discussed in Parliament.

Poodle Harvey went missing from Rainhill in November 2013, when owners Jude Devine and Shaun Robertson were visiting friends.

Animal lovers in the community rallied together to look for him, but after a high-profile campaign, Harvey’s owners discovered in February 2014 he had been hit by a vehicle and killed less than an hour after his disappearance.

Since then, ‘Harvey’s Army’ have campaigned for a change in the law, which would make it compulsory for the Highways Agency to scan all dead pets and log the incidents with the police and dog wardens.

An e-petition to the government reached 100,000 signatures in January, enabling Halton MP Derek Twigg to address the Backbench Business Committee today (Tuesday 10 February) and make the case for a parliamentary debate.

Permission was granted, and Harvey’s Law will be discussed in the House of Commons at a date yet to be decided.

It is an early but necessary step for Harvey’s Army – who now use social media to spread the word about other missing pets across the North West – to get compulsory scanning and logging into law.

Petition organiser Nina Blackburn said campaigners were “elated,” and that volunteers “have worked so hard to get Harvey’s Law to where it is today.”

On breaking the news to Harvey’s owner, Jude, Nina said the response was “one of laughter and tears.”

She added: “To see this procedure reinforced and backed by the government is firstly the least a pet owner should expect, but more importantly it will give the owners the closure they need, and ease the additional heartache caused.”


  1. Samantha kerridge

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    This law should be for all pets cats included

    • Prescot Online

      Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Yes, the suggested law would cover all domestic animals, ie, pets of any type.

    • Diane Lowe

      Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Harveys Law will cover ALL domestic pets x

  2. katie newman

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    This needs to be for dogs and cats

  3. Jane Haste

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    For ALL domestic pets. Must enforce road services to scan too.

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  5. lindsey leverton

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Yes I agree it should be for cats and dogs every body deserves to know if there pet has been killed it would terrible news for them but at least they know their pets fate

  6. Annemarie

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:50 am

    This law should be brought into place!!!. For all pets including CATS and DOGS

  7. Jan maloney

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This law could save alot of heartach for pet owners

  8. lorraine

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Our dog was list/stolen it would be nice to know whether he be.alive or gid forbid.dead make it compulsary to check chip..Otherwise we waste our time and money and could lead to a lot less.hesrtache to owners and their pets or being looked after and not being used.for barbaruc acts with some certain inhumane humans

  9. Jane pickwell

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    i support Harvey’s law

  10. peggyranson

    Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    i can not stand any cruelty to animals what so ever

  11. Karen hanson

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Would hate to think my dog was injured or dead and nobody scanned hom to let me know

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