Dog warden service

3. Microchipping

From 6 April 2016 it will become compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. Dogs that are older than 8 weeks in age and are not certified working dogs, must be microchipped if they have not already been from that date.

The keeper of any dog which should be and is not microchipped from that date may be served a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped. Where the keepers details are registered incorrectly, again, they may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped, or their details updating correctly. This must be done within 21 days. Failure to comply with such a notice could result in the dog being microchipped without the consent of, and chargeable to, the keeper and/or a fine of up to £500 upon summary conviction.

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice. It is implanted under the skin of a dog by injection, usually within the scruff of the neck. The keepers contact details are then recorded against the number of the microchip and are stored on a national database.

When a dog strays and is seized by a local Authority, the dog would be scanned for a microchip. This is in order to identify the keeper and advise them that the dog has been found. It is therefore very important to ensure that contact details are up to date with the relevant microchipping company.

The Dogs Trust is offering free microchipping nationwide. Please visit the Chip My Dog website or telephone 0330 123 0334 to find your nearest participating microchipping location.

The Dog Warden Service is not currently offering free microchipping. However, details of any upcoming microchipping events will be advertised accordingly.