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Microchipping Service




All dog owners and keepers of dogs in England Scotland and Wales will be legally required to have their pet microchipped when a new law is introduced next year.

From April 6, 2016 any owner or keeper whose dog is not chipped could face a fine of £500 if they fail to act when warned.

The fines may vary between Scotland and Wales as full details have currently not been announced

Here are some important things to know before the law comes into force:
•The law pertains to England, Scotland and Wales. Wales initially decided to bring the law in on April 2015, but realised it needed more time before roll out.

•Scotland has recently (March) published its intention to follow England and Wales in making microchipping a lawful requirement,

•All puppies must be chipped and registered on an approved database before they hit the age of 8 weeks.

•It does not matter if a person is not the owner – the law applies to the dog's "keeper".

•Keepers found not to have had their dog chipped will be issued a warning. They will then have 21 days to act. Fines of £500 can be issued iof keepers fail to do so.

•The law will be enforced by local authorities such as councils, plus police and PCSOs. Other persons may also be given permission to enforce the law – for example, RSPCA officers may be authorised. On a personal basis I do hope the RSPCA is not involved.

•A dog microchip is about twice the size of a grain of rice. However for smaller dogs there are smaller microchips available id required.

MY Dog is Currently Not Chipped:
You have until the 5th April 2016 to get the dog microchipped, whatever age the dogs is. If your dog is found to not have been chipped you will be issued a warning and 21 days to act and get the dog chipped. Fines of £500 may be given to those who fail to do so.

There are no exceptions except for medical reasons. A dog will be legally exempt from being microchipped only when a vet certifies that it cannot be microchipped for health reasons. This needs to done on a form approved by the Secretary of State.

What Happens if I Move House:
if the keeper does NOT get their details up to date within 21 days of a served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.

What Happens if You Sell or Give Away A Dog
Once again the new keeper is responsible for updating the chip to reflect a change in owner and address same penalties apply.

Who Will Enforce The Law:
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations. The Kennel Club may be one.

Information for Breeders

Whilst the dog is still in your keepership you are required by law to Microchip the puppy by the time it is 8 weeks old and register with an approved microchip database (you must register your details as well as the dog’s)

As soon as the dog is with a new owner or keeper then they become liable, you must ensure the microchip database contact details are up to date (with the new keeper’s information) this should be updated either by yourself or the new keeper.

For any dog that is registered to you (on the microchip database), you are likely to be held responsible if the dog has been found to have strayed, bitten or caused any unjust damage (there are some exceptions in instances where you were not in charge of the dog at the time of the incident.

It will be illegal for breeders to sell a puppy that is not microchipped and registered on a compliant database that meets the legal requirement.

The breeder must always be the first recorded keeper of the puppies on the microchip database. The breeder must provide transfer of keepership documents to the puppy buyer to ensure the new owner can update their details in order to comply with the law.



£12.50 PER PUP

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