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Under the Control of Dogs order 1992 all dogs when out in public place must wear a collar with an identity tag displaying your name, address and preferably a contact number.

Additionally by law from 6th April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped and registered on a national database.

This new legislation will help with reuniting lost dogs with their owners and help with tracing animals. All dogs which currently do not have a microchip will need to have one implanted prior to the commencement of these new regulations. Any puppies born after this date will need to microchipped and registered by the time they are 8 weeks old.

Having a dog microchipped is a simple and quick process with as little stress to the animal as possible. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted just underneath the skin between the shoulder blades via a needle. It’s a process similar to a dog having its annual vaccination and once in place causes the dog no discomfort or pain. For information on how to get a dog microchipped, please contact your local veterinary surgery or Dog Charity.

It is very important that microchip details are kept up to date to ensure that a lost dog is reunited with the owner as soon as possible. To check or update microchip details, contact the database with which the microchip is registered, if this information is not known, speak to your local veterinary surgery for help and advice.

The council’s Dog Wardens will issue an improvement notice to a dog owner whose dog is not microchipped, giving them three weeks to comply. Failure in complying may lead the dog owner in going to court where a fine of up to £500 could be imposed.

If you have been given a dog and do not know if it is microchipped, your vet will be able to scan the dog for you to check if it has a chip.

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Last updated: 22 March 2016

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