SEDGEMOOR NEWS: Microchip amnesty for dog owners
LAW-BREAKING dog owners are being given the opportunity to get their pets legalised during a Microchip Amnesty next month.
Free micro-chipping sessions for dogs will take place in Bridgwater and Highbridge in November for people to get their pets legalised.
Compulsory micro-chipping for dogs became law in April 2016. Recent figures reveal that over 94% of the nation’s 8.5 million dogs are micro chipped, but it is still estimated that there are around 500,000 irresponsible dog owners breaking the law by not getting their pets chipped.
To combat this, Sedgemoor District Council has teamed up with The Dogs Trust to run a Microchip Amnesty in November 2017 giving those dog owners who have not complied with the law the chance to get their dog microchipped for FREE at two venues in and around Sedgemoor.
If you are unsure if your dog has a chip or not, you can get this checked out too.
Bridgwater (Jolleys Pet Store): Monday, November 6, 2017, from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Apex Park Office, Highbridge: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 1pm to 4pm.
In addition, a volunteer from The Dogs Trust will be visiting primary schools to spread the word about Responsible Dog Ownership as well as the importance of micro-chipping dogs.
The average fine issued to dog owners was £340, with maximum penalty being £500. Over 43,000 strays were reunited with their owners in 2015-2016 - a fifth of these as a direct result of a microchip, proving just how important microchipping is in reuniting lost dogs with their owners.
Sixty-four per cent of all dogs taken in by local councils, around 12 dogs every day, were at risk of being put to sleep, simply because owners had neglected to update their details on the microchip database.
Sedgemoor District Council does not put any healthy dog to sleep; they would go for re-homing.
Dog owners who breed their dogs must also be aware that the law states that all puppies must be chipped and registered to the breeder before eight weeks of age and leaving to go to their new owners, it is then the new owner’s responsibility to update the new keeper details from thereafter.