Dogs are not just for Christmas, but if you are lucky enough to get a wagging tail under the Christmas tree next Monday, please make sure you get it chipped straight away.
You can now get fined up to £500 for an un-chipped dog. Who wants that surprise in the New Year?
It’s important you use a trained professional to chip your dog. The Dogs Trust and Blue Cross centres will microchip for free. Otherwise, visit your local vet to get it done, they may charge for the service.
Sadly there are many rogue microchipping companies out there, so please ensure your dog is registered on one of the following government-approved databases:
- Animal Tracker
- Microchip Central
- National Veterinary Data Service
- Pet Identity UK
- UK PETtrac
You can again be fined up to £500 if you register on the wrong database.
It is the dog owner’s responsibility to keep the details up-to-date on the database, this includes a change in telephone number or address. There can be a small charge for updating these details, but at least you know there’s a greater chance of reuniting with your dog.
Hopefully a few dogs will be rehomed over the festive period, so always check if it has already been chipped. If the seller or reformer has said the dog is chipped, ask for proof before buying.
When our Environment Services team are notified of a stray dog that has been caught and securely held, they will go and collect the dog and check for a microchip. The details on the chip will be used to contact the owner and get them reunited. If the owner cannot be contacted, the dog will be taken to Forest Lodge Kennels, where it will be held for 7 days, before being rehomed. The owner is responsible for all costs, including any kennel/vet fees that may apply.
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council adds:
“Nobody wants to be on the naughty list this Christmas, so we urge dog owners, new and old, to make sure they have microchipped their pet correctly. They can then enjoy some New Year walks in our beautiful district, safe in the knowledge that everything has been done in case their dog goes stray.”
If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact Tracey Montgomery or Kieran McCoach who are the Environmental Services Officers at East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742000.