MICROCHIPPING  -  WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?

 

As of 6 April 2016 it became law that all dog owners in England, Scotland and Wales have their dogs microchipped and registered with a government compliant microchip database.

 

All puppies must be microchipped and recorded on a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old.

 

Any changes to an owner’s contact details must be updated on their microchip database to ensure compliance with the law. If a dog owner subsequently moves, changes contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the new law and enforcement can be taken.

The owner of an unchipped dog will be given 21 days to comply and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.

 

You can find more details from the Kennel Club on their fact sheet if you click here   

 

Microchipping DOES NOT supercede the need for the dog to wear an ID tag. Every dog while on a public highway or place of public resort must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it or a plate or badge attached to it.

 

You can find out more about the Control of Dogs Order 1992 if you click here

 

 

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