dog owners warned over new microchipping laws
owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned that from Wednesday
6th April it will be a legal requirement for their pets to be
It is already a legal requirement that every dog shall wear a
collar and ID tag while in a public place.
Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman said: "From Wednesday
it will be a legal requirement that all dogs by the time they
are eight weeks of age are microchipped and registered with their
keepers contact details."
keepers, including breeders, must also ensure that a dog's microchip
contact details are kept up to date."
"Key points that dog owners and breeders must be aware of
include that the only exemption from the requirement to microchip
a dog is where a vet has certified in writing that the dog is
unfit to be microchipped."
"Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping
their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers. Breeders
will be required to register their own details and these will
be recorded against the microchip for the life of the dog."
"If a dog is brought into England temporarily, for example
when visiting family or friends and staying more than 30 days,
it will need to be microchipped and registered on a database."
council says that a dog without a microchip which comes to the
attention of the authorities may lead to the dog's keeper being
served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within
21 days, and criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they
do not comply.
Sedgemoor District Council says its dog wardens have been busy
over the past couple of years microchipping hundreds of dogs for
free in preparation for the requirement. Many animal charities
such as the Dogs Trust and local veterinary practises have also
been offering, and continue to offer, reduced fee or free microchipping
and database contact details checks.
more information on the requirements and a list of frequently
asked questions please click here.