News story published on 11 March 2016
From Wednesday 6 April the microchipping of dogs will become compulsory. This means that all dog owners will, by law, have to microchip their dogs and the owners details registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available; and they will have to register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away.
Owners will be required to keep their contact details up to date on the microchip databases. Owners who fail to chip their dogs could face a fine of up to £500.
What does this mean for me and my dog?
If your dog is not already microchipped you will need to get it done before 6 April.
Microchipping involves implanting a small electronic device under the skin of your dog, between the shoulder blades. This is a quick procedure and the dog experiences no more discomfort than a normal injection.
Why do I have to do this?
The law has been introduced to help to tackle irresponsible dog behaviour. For you it means that if your dog is lost or stolen, or worse still involved in an accident, you as the owner can be easily traced. It gives you peace of mind that if your dog is found you can be contacted and reunited with your pet.
How do I get my dog microchipped?
Your vet will be able to chip your dog, and it usually costs between £15 and £30. This will include registering your details on the database. It is then your responsibility to make sure your details are kept up to date.
The local branch of the RSPCA may be able to help with discounted microchipping. You can contact them on 01733 222188.