Micro Chipping of Dogs
Dog owners in Boston are being urged to get their pets micro chipped ahead of new legislation being introduced in England in April 2016.
The Micro chipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 come into force on April 6 and follows a consultation which took place in April 2015.
The new regulations require all dog-owners to get their dog micro chipped so that specific information about the dog and owner can be stored on a national database. A dog's breeder who is the dog's first keeper shall have a puppy micro chipped by the time it is 8 weeks old. All owners must have their dogs micro chipped by this date.
There are penalties for not micro chipping and not keeping the database details up to date. Authorised officers from the Council and the Police will have the powers to issue legal notices to pet owners whose dog is not micro chipped. A notice may be served requiring the dog's keeper to microchip the dog within 21 days of the served notice. A fine of up to £500 can be issued or an enforcing authority can seize the dog and microchip it at the owners expense.
The regulations also prevent a dog from being transferred to a new keeper until it has been micro chipped and any new owner of a dog is required to update the information on the database on the transfer of keeper/ownership.
Micro chipping means that stray dogs which are picked up are more likely to be reunited with their owners quickly.