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06.04.2016
Dog microchipping becomes compulsory across UK
Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face a fine of up to £500, as a new law comes into force.

Dog microchipping becomes compulsory across UK

Dog owners who have not had their pets microchipped could face a fine of up to £500, as a new law comes into force.
All dogs in England, Scotland and Wales are now legally required to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old. It is hoped more stray or lost dogs can be reunited with their owners.
The government says one million dogs - about one in eight of the UK's estimated canine population - have not yet been chipped. A law has been in place in Northern Ireland since 2012. The change for the rest of the UK was announced in 2013.

Unique code

If local authorities come across a dog without a microchip, owners will have up to 21 days to comply with the law or be fined.
When a dog is microchipped a tiny chip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted under the loose skin on the back of its neck, giving it a unique 15-digit code.
If a dog is lost or gets stolen and is picked up by a council or a shelter, the microchip can be scanned and matched to contact details stored on a database.
Charities such as the Dogs Trust, some local authorities and some vets will microchip dogs without charging.
Countries such as Northern Ireland which already have compulsory microchipping have seen a decrease in the number of stray, lost and abandoned dogs, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
The new law will not replace current requirements for dogs to wear a collar and tag with their owner's name and address when in a public place, Defra said.
Animal welfare minister George Eustice: "We are a nation of dog lovers and we want to make sure they stay safe.
"Microchipping our dogs will not only reunite people with their lost or stolen pets, but also help to tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets and relieve the burden placed on animal charities and local authorities."

Source: BBC News