Dog owners are being warned that all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped from 6 April. The change in the law follows the implementation of the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.
Councils and the police can scan dogs to check ownership details have been kept up to date. If there is no chip or the wrong ownership details are registered, they can serve a formal notice requiring the dog to be microchipped or records updated within 21 days. Failure to comply with the notice can result in a £500 fine.
Breeders must microchip puppies before selling them and the first name on the microchip record will be that of the breeder. No one may transfer a dog to a new keeper unless it has been microchipped and any new keeper must make sure that they update the database with which the dog is recorded.
Microchipping is the smart and responsible thing to do
Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: ‘Britain is a nation of dog lovers so I have no doubt that all responsible dog owners will welcome these new animal welfare regulations. Epping Forest District Council staff and our London Borough of Waltham Forest partners scan dogs for a variety of reasons, ranging from reuniting strays with their owners to investigating dog fouling and nuisance. Waltham Forest also offers the owners of ‘stray’ dogs microchipping at a subsidised rate. Quite simply, microchipping your dog is the smart and responsible thing to do.’