Blyth owner fined for failing to micro-chip dog
04 Apr 2017
A Blyth dog owner who failed to comply with the law and update her dog’s micro-chip details has been fined £440 this week by South East Northumberland magistrates after her Staffordshire Bull Terrier was found roaming the streets.
An Animal Welfare Officer from Northumberland County Council’s Public Health Protection Unit collected the stray dog after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public. Although the dog was micro-chipped it was still registered to its previous owners. When it was eventually reunited with its current owner, she was given 21 days to update the records but failed to do so.
The new law came into force in April 2016 which makes it a legal requirement that all dog owners in England have their dog(s) micro chipped, whether they have a tag or not.
Peter Simpson, Public Health Protection Manager at Northumberland County Council said:
“Stray dogs can be a significant risk to public safety. Only last year, 11 children in Blyth had to be taken to hospital after
a dog became dangerously out of control in a play park. Any owners of dogs that have yet to be micro chipped should arrange for their dog to be chipped as soon as possible and ensure their details are up to date”
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 becomes lost or gets stolen and is picked up by a local authority or a shelter, the microchip can be scanned and matched to contact details stored on a database.
Northumberland County Council working in partnership with the Dogs Trust offers free micro chipping for any dog that belongs to an owner who lives in Northumberland. The service is available to dogs from a week after their second injection – about 13 to 14 weeks old. For further information log on to www.northumberland.gov.uk