Dog Identification and Microchipping
By Law your dog MUST be microchipped - any dog owner that fails to comply could face a fine of up to £500.
Micro-chipping is an effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. The chip is inserted into the skin of the dog's neck. It is a simple and safe procedure which can be carried out at any vets.
Once your dog has been microchipped they will have a unique code number. Both owners' details and the code are put onto a national database.
If a dog (stray or stolen) is found the local Dog Warden will use a scanner to check if there is a microchip in place.
If a chip is present AND the details are up to date, then the dog can easily and quickly be re-united with its owner.
Micro-chipping is available at most vets in the Wellingborough area and many charity organisations also offer this service.
You MUST ensure that your contact details are kept up to date or the chip will be ineffective
Dog Identification Tags
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that "any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or on a name plate or disc attached to it". The inclusion of a telephone number is also advisable.
An ID tag for your dog's collar can be obtained at some pet or hardware shops or online, and costs relatively little.