DOG owners across Tamworth are being reminded to ensure that their dogs are microchipped as new legislation comes into force.
From April 6, it will be compulsory for all dogs aged eight weeks and older to be microchipped and registered on an approved database. A microchip is a small electronic implant coded with a unique number which is implanted under the dog’s skin and logged on a national database. It can then be used to reunite owners with their dogs if they are lost or stolen.
If a dog is found which is not fitted with a microchip, the owners, if they can be identified, will be given a short time to comply with the law. If they do not, they could be fined up to £500 on conviction.
Dogs without microchips can also be confiscated by a dog warden. Details of ownership of dogs will also be held on a central database.
Tamworth Borough Council officers, working with the Dog’s Trust and Noah’s Ark, are holding two events in the town centre where dog owners can take their pets to be microchipped for just £5.
The first event takes place next week on Thursday April 14 from 11am to 4pm in St Editha’s Square. The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, will be bringing its mobile rehoming unit to the event and will have information on the many services the charity offers. Those attending this session will also receive Dogs Trust responsible dog ownership packs.
A second event is taking place and on Saturday April 23 from 10am to 4pm at the former Peel Café in Market Street.
Trained staff from Noah’s Ark Environmental Services will be carrying out the microchipping, as well as offering advice on responsible dog ownership, along with staff from Tamworth Borough Council.
The programme of events forms part of a campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and tackle dog fouling across Tamworth in light of changes in the law.
Dog owners attending the microchipping events will also be able to talk to officers about the new legislation, as well as getting information and advice about good dog behaviour and owner responsibilities such as dog fouling.
The new law will make it easier to reunite straying pets with their owners, as well as identifying dogs which attack people or other animals. It is also hoped that it will encourage more responsible dog ownership.
Currently, 52% of all stray dogs cannot be returned home as their owners cannot be indentified.