New micro-chipping laws for dog owners come into play today

Wigan dog owners are being urged to get their pets micro-chipped or face a hefty fine as new laws come into force today.

Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 12:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 12:36 pm

The legislation affects all dogs aged eight weeks and older, with recent figures claiming more than 1m canines across the country are not micro-chipped.

Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, said: “Any dog owner with an un-microchipped pet now faces a significant fine, but it is our advice to avoid this completely and comply with the law.

“Inserting a microchip is an easy and simple procedure, and is nothing for the owner or pet to worry about.

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“It’s only about the size of a grain of rice. Every microchip has a unique 15-digit code to identify the dog’s owner and is designed to last the lifetime of the pet.

“The details are stored on databases which are accessible to relevant professionals.”