Wellingborough Council in partnership with Wood Green, The Animal Charity, are offering a series of free microchipping events around Wellingborough to promote responsible dog ownership and to inform the public about the change in law from April 2016.
By 6 April 2016 The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 will take effect, and in summary will require:
- All dogs not already microchipped to be implanted with one by 6 April 2016.
- From 6 April 2016, a dog cannot change keeper without being microchipped beforehand.
- If a dog is taken on by a new owner, they are then responsible for keeping the microchip information updated with their details.
The first event takes place on 2nd February 2016 at Croyland Park, Wellingborough from 10am until 12pm, with the second session taking place from 1:30pm until 3:30pm at Hemmingwell Community & Skills Centre, Wellingborough.
Booking is essential for both events and appointments can be made by phoning 0844 248 8181 or email email@example.com All dogs must be brought along on a lead.
Catherine Somerville, Team Leader in Environmental Protection said "Currently it is a legal requirement that all dogs wear a collar and name tag but these can easily come off or get lost. Microchips are more secure and can hold a variety of information, including details of the current keeper, so that any lost dog can be quickly and easily reunited with their family.
"Any dog owner that fails to comply with the new legislation after 6 April 2016 could face fines on summary conviction of up to £500".