Derbyshire Dales District Council is reminding people that, under new national legal regulations, pet dogs must be microchipped from April 6 this year, and registered on an approved database with their keeper's up-to-date contact details.
Microchipping was previously optional but, with some exceptions, will soon be compulsory for all dogs aged over eight weeks. This new duty on keepers aims to speed up the return of stray dogs, deter theft, help vets contact owners in emergency situations and aid identification of owners in cases of animal cruelty.
Microchips, which must contain the keeper's up-to-date contact details, can be implanted at a number of places, including veterinary practices, some pet shops and some dog-grooming salons. Some animal welfare charities also offer services. Prices vary.
Over the next few weeks, the District Council will be raising awareness through the distribution of leaflets, throughout the District.
From April 6, if the District council picks up a stray dog which is not microchipped, or is microchipped but does not have up-to-date details, the animal's keeper, if traceable, will receive a notice requiring them to comply with the regulations within 21 days. If the keeper fails to comply, they can be prosecuted.
During the 1st week in March, our dog wardens at Crowfoot Kennels will be holding FREE microchipping sessions, every day at their kennels in Church Broughton. A suggested donation of £5 is welcomed. For further information and to make an appointment please contact them on 01283 585510.
For more information about compulsory microchipping, visit Dogs Trust microchipping