Wiltshire Council successful with dog microchipping prosecution #PetTheftReform #FernsLaw

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A Wiltshire woman has been prosecuted by Wiltshire Council for not having an identification tag on a collar or a microchip registered for her dog.

Jenna Louise Williams of Beech Avenue, Warminster was prosecuted under both the Control of Dogs Order 1992 and the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulation 2015

After a member of the public discovered a stray dog in Warminster in November 2020, the owner could not be identified, as it had a collar on, but no identification tag. It was also found to be microchipped, but the details of the owner were not registered on any of the government approved websites.

The dog was taken to the holding kennels, where it could be legally held for seven days. It was collected after two days by the owner who was able to provide identification documents.

The owner was served with a microchip improvement notice, that required the dog to be registered against the chip within 21 days.

Officers from the council’s Dog Warden team repeatedly tried to engage with the owner through letters and telephone calls, but when the dog’s microchip was checked again in January 2021, it still had not been correctly registered on a government approved website, so the decision was made to prosecute.

The case was heard at Salisbury Magistrates court on 7 December 2021, having previously been adjourned on two previous occasions. The owner failed to attend the court date, so the case was held in their absence. A fine of £220 was issued for each offence, plus a victim surcharge of £44 and prosecution costs of £336.77, meaning a total fine of £820.77.

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection, said: I am pleased that we were able to pursue a prosecution in this case, as our Dog Warden team deal with a large number of stray dogs. Whilst most are able to be returned to their owners some must be taken to kennels where they are held legally for 7 days and if not claimed the Bath Cats and Dogs home rehome them on our behalf.

Wiltshire Council Dog Wardens deal with on average 680 stray dogs a year and were recently awarded as Gold Footprint Award by the RSPCA for their policies and procedures when dealing with stray dogs.

To report a stray dog people should call Wiltshire Council, 24 hrs a day, 0300 4560107.

Newspaper article: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/wiltshire-council-successful-with-dog-microchipping-prosecution

What happens when your dog’s microchipped

Your dog’s microchip is given a number, which will show up whenever your dog is scanned.

The professional who microchips your dog will also take your contact details.

These details are kept alongside the microchip number on a database, so that your dog can be returned to you if it’s lost or stolen.

You must make sure that your dog is registered on one of the following databases (they all meet government standards):

You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is registered on a database that is not on the list.

Your dog must still wear a collar and tag with your name and address when in a public place.

Updating your details

You’re responsible for keeping your dog’s microchip information up to date, for example if you move house.

Contact the database company your dog is registered with to update any of your details.

You might be charged for updating your dog’s microchip information.

Find out where your dog’s registered

You can check the microchip number if you do not know which database your dog is registered on.

If you do not have the microchip number, you can ask any of the following to scan your dog for it:

  • a vet
  • a dog warden
  • a dog rescue centre

Buying a dog

You should ask for proof a microchip has been fitted before buying a dog.

You can ask to see any of the following as proof:

  • microchip certificate
  • vet records
  • pet passport

You may also be able to see microchip information in the dog’s pet insurance papers.

Information from the Government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped

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