Microchipping your dog
From 6th April 2016 the law regarding microchipping of dogs changed.
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 state that:
- all dogs over 8 weeks old (if not a certified working dog) must be microchipped
- a keeper who imports a dog must ensure that it is microchipped within 30 days of importing the dog
- where a dog is transferred to a new keeper, the new keeper must, unless the previous keeper has already done so, record their full name, address and contact telephone number and any change in the dog’s name with the database on which the dog’s details are recorded (eg PetLog/Identibase - formerly Anibase)
- a keeper (which includes the breeder) must not transfer a dog to a new keeper until it has been microchipped
Why was this law introduced?
The 2014 Stray Dog Survey found that of the 110,675 stray dogs collected by local authorities, only half were able to be reunited with their keepers.
What will the benefits be of my dog being microchipped?
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification which increases the speed and likelihood of lost and stray dogs being reunited with their owners.
Microchipping your dog also means it is linked to you if it is stolen.
If a dog has a collar and tag and/or microchip, reuniting it with its owner is relatively simple (the owner needs to pay the statutory £25 ‘return to owner’ fee).
How can I get my dog microchipped?
We can visit your home and microchip your dog for a fee of £16 per dog. Your vet may also provide this service.
What if my dog is not microchipped or the details are incorrect on the microchip database?
A stray dog is any dog which is running free in a public place without its
owner. We must seize all unaccompanied dogs, even if they are wearing a collar and tag or have been microchipped, and if they cannot be returned immediately to their owner they must be taken to a kennelling facility.
A stray dog will be taken to the kennels if it doesn't have any form of identification, or if it has a microchip and the contact details are incorrect on
the microchip database (and the legal owner cannot be contacted).
Where we pick up a non-microchipped dog, we will issue a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days.
Where we find a dog's details are incorrect details on the microchip database we will issue a notice requiring the database to be updated within 21 days. Please note that some companies may charge an administration fee for this.
If a notice is not complied with, the owner may be prosecuted in accordance with our enforcement policies.
Updating your dog's microchip details
If you need to update the contact information on your dog’s microchip, you can contact either PetLog on 01296 336579 or Identibase (formerly Anibase) on 01904 487600.
Please note there may be an administration fee to pay to update the details. We cannot do this on your behalf.
What to do if your pet goes missing
If your pet is found it will be scanned and your pet's unique number will be displayed. The central database, which operates 24 hours a day, will be contacted and the ID number will confirm your address. You and your pet will then be quickly reunited provided you have kept your contact details up-to-date.
Contact us now to arrange to microchip your dog.