Case Study – Microchipping Part 4

We thought it would be interesting to share the current situation with found dogs and microchipping so that there is some understanding as to what Dog Wardens and shelters are up against when trying to reunite dogs and see how this changes over the coming months.

Example: West Lancs area

During May there were 7 dogs seized by the wardens

Out of these 7 dogs, 5 were microchipped.

Of the 5 microchipped dogs, 3 had up to date owner information registered.

This means that less than half of the dogs seized were ‘legal’ 

During May there were 10 ’21 day notice’ letters issued on behalf of Wigan Council to owners of dogs that are incorrectly registered.

All 10 of these have exceeded 21 days and have been followed up.

ONLY 3 HAD BEEN UPDATED and the rest seemingly ignored, leaving the owners liable to large fines. It is a pity that people are still not taking the law seriously.

The microchipping databases will charge between £5.00 and £18.00 to update your details, which in most cases you will only ever pay once, even if you change address several times after. The fine for not updating details can be up to £500.00. It really is a no-brainer!

If your dog is not microchipped yet do not panic but it is the LAW so take       action now and take them to your vet or have it done here for £12.50.             We can also advise on updating microchips, please feel free to call.