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Microchipping of Dogs

Dog owners warned of changes to law

 

Dog owners are being advised by Bedford Borough Council to make sure they have their pet microchipped before a new law comes into force.

 

All dogs in England will need to be microchipped from 6 April 2016. Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and their details kept up to date.

 

Once a dog is fitted with a microchip, their owners will have the peace of mind that should their dog be lost or stolen, they can be identified and returned home quickly.

 

Microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:

•             Ensures rapid return of lost/stray dogs to their owners by local authorities

•             Puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer

•             Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

•             Acts as a deterrent to dog theft

•             Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty

•             Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures

 

Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “We want dog owners to be aware of the government’s new legislation requiring microchipping of all dogs ahead of it becoming law on 6 April. As a responsible dog owner myself, my dog is already microchipped. It is reassuring to know that if your dog becomes lost or stolen, the microchip, which contains a code number unique to your dog, can be matched with your details held on a national database and your dog can be reunited with you.”

 

For further information and full details about registering your dog, making changes to the registered keeper details, and a list of local veterinary practices offering microchipping, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/microchipping  or www.petlog.co.uk/petowners

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