New dog law will enforce compulsory microchipping

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On April 6 this year, compulsory microchipping of all dogs more than eight weeks old will come into force.

The new law, which Scarborough Borough Council wants to raise awareness of, will make it compulsory for all dog owners to have a microchip implanted in their dog and registered on an approved database, containing the current name, address and contact details of the owner.

It will also be a legal requirement to keep the database updated with any changes of owner details.

A spokesman for the council said: “After April 6, any owners of dogs which have not been microchipped and registered may be served with a notice requiring them to do so within 21 days.

“Failure to comply with the notice will render the owner liable to pay a £500 fine.

“It is in everyone’s interest to have their dog microchipped as soon as possible.

“The council is working in partnership with Dogs Trust, which is running a series of events throughout the borough, providing free microchipping for all dogs.

“This will also include a free basic health check by a veterinary nurse and a free pack promoting responsible dog ownership.”

The free microchipping events, which will run from 11am until 3pm, will take place on Tuesday March 22 at The Hub, Northway.