Microchipping laws to improve dog welfare come into force today.

Microchip insertion
From today (6 April 2016), failure to have a dog microchipped and/or update database details could lead to a fine of up to £500.

Under the measures, owners must ensure their dog is microchipped and their details are kept up to date.

Not only will this mean the UK’s 8.5 million dogs will have a better chance of being returned to their owners if lost, but it will also make it easier to track down owners of dogs that carry out attacks on people, the Government has said.

Database entry

More than 86% of dog owners have had their pets implanted and their details updated on a national database, which will also help reunite more than 102,000 dogs that stray or are stolen every year.

The Government expects local authorities and charities – which would otherwise feed, kennel and home dogs – to make £33 million in annual savings now that dogs will be microchipped and more likely returned to owners.

Relieving the burden

George Eustice
George Eustice MP.

Animal welfare minister George Eustice said: “Every responsible dog owner wants to know his or her pet is safe.

“Microchipping will not only reunite people with their lost or stolen pets, but also help tackle the growing stray problem and relieve the burden placed on animal charities and local authorities.

“We are a nation of dog lovers and microchipping is crucial for both good dog welfare and to provide dog owners with peace of mind.”

From today, owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they could face a fine of up to £500.

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It seems that the general public knew about their responsibility to keep their details up to date but someone forgot to tell Petlog. Their system has been in chaos for the last three days with some vets unable to register new microchips or look up existing chip details. Their phone has been constantly engaged for the last three days also. To launch their new website just before the deadline date smacks of poor judgement on some ones part! Members of the general public who have had chips implanted but the details have not been registered risk being prosecuted under the… Read more »

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