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Friday, April 29, 2016

Make sure you are not breaking the law with your dog

West Lancashire Borough Council is warning dog owners their pet must be microchipped and is helping to provide them with the chance to get the job done for free.

New legislation which came into force on Wednesday 6 April made it a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and their details kept up to date. Anyone failing to meet these requirements can be served with a 21-day notice giving them the opportunity to get their dogs chipped.

Failure to comply can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £500. Dogs with microchips that are not up to date will be deemed as not microchipped. Owners again will be served with a 21 day notice to complete the update. The microchip needs to be registered to the dog’s keeper and their address, which means to the person and to the address where the dog habitually resides.

To help people comply with the new law the Council recently teamed up with the Dogs Trust to provide free microchipping for dogs in the Borough at the Evermoor Hub in Digmoor. There was a great turnout and 136 dogs were chipped.

Due to the success of this event, the Council is hosting another session on Wednesday 25 May at the Tanhouse Enterprise Group building (formerly Tanhouse Community Centre). The microchipping will start at 11am and the queue will close at an appropriate point to ensure that the last dog is seen at 3pm.

Dave Tilleray, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “If you have a dog which is not microchipped please come along to our event where the procedure can be carried out with no charge. It is very important that people comply with this legislation or they could be prosecuted and face a heavy fine.”

Dogs may only be exempt from chipping if they have a certificate from a vet. The new law does not replace the requirement for a dog to wear a collar and tag in a public place. It is an additional piece of legislation. Currently dog owners can be fined up to £5,000 for not having collar and tags on their dogs.

For more information on microchipping please call the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team on 01695 585254. You can also visit the Kennel Club (external link) and access the information guide ‘Why should I microchip my pet?’.

Find out more about the Council’s responsibilities regarding dogs by visiting dogs.

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