Dog owners are being urged to get their pets microchipped ahead of new legislation being introduced in England on April 6.
The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 will require all dog owners to get their pet microchipped, so that specific information about the animal and its owner can be stored on a national database.
Dog breeders who are a dog’s first keeper will have to have a puppy microchipped by the time it is eight weeks old.
All owners must have their dogs microchipped by April 6. There are penalties for not microchipping and not keeping the database details up to date.
Authorised officers from councils and the police will have the powers to issue legal notices to owners whose dog is not microchipped.
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 owner’s expense.
The regulations also prevent a dog from being transferred to a new keeper until it has been microchipped and any new owner of a dog has to update the information on the database on the transfer of keeper/ownership.