A new law stating ‘all dogs in England must be microchipped before they are 8 weeks old and registered to an approved database’ comes in to effect from 6th April 2016.
If your dog is not currently microchipped then you have until April 6th to get them microchipped and registered.
More than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year with only 50% being reunited with their keepers. Microchipping laws aim to improve these figures which in turn will help to reduce the £57m costs incurred by tax payers and animal charities.
There are no exceptions with regards to age.
Only when a vet certifies that a dog cannot be chipped for health reasons, will a dog be legally exempt.
If your dog isn’t microchipped and your details aren’t registered on an approved database, a notice may be served. If the keeper does not microchip their dogs within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
If any of the keepers’ details change the approved database must be updated. If the changes are not registered, the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the regulations and enforcement can be taken and a notice served. If the keeper doesn’t update their details within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
As part of K9 Patrols business procedures all of our Security Dog Handlers must submit their vets records to be retained on file along with any changes that may occur whilst they are working for K9 Patrol.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped