Is your dog microchipped?
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The Rural Crime Team has been working with Wiltshire Council’s Dog Wardens to enable officers and PCSOs to issue improvement notices under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.
Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 your dog must be microchipped if it is over 8 weeks of age. The details must be up to date and registered with the owner’s details on an approved database so it makes it easier to reunite you with your pet should it become lost
Although there has been a decrease in the number of lost dogs over the last year the figures are starting to creep up as people return to work again, according to the dog wardens. And with more people having bought pets during the lockdowns we would like to remind owners of their obligations around having their dogs microchipped.
Working with Wiltshire Council’s Dog Wardens, Community Policing Team officers and PCSOs have access to hand scanners and can issue notices under the regulations to make sure that you and your dog is compliant. Failure to have a dog microchipped or have correct details recorded and registered can lead to a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record.
If you move home make sure that you get the chip and registry details updated as soon as possible. Nobody wants to lose their pet and having it chipped correctly will help you become reunited quickly.