Three dog owners have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their pets’ microchip details were up to date.
Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, dog owners must have their pet microchipped, and for all details to have the most recent information with contact details for a dogs’ keeper.
Danielle Hawthorn of Packer Avenue, Leicester Forest East, was fined for the second time this year for failing to ensure chip details were up to date. She was ordered to pay a £440 fine, £332.50 costs as well as a £44 victim surcharge.
Lynn Finch of Walnut Grove, Glen Parva failed to put any details on her dog’s chip. She was given a six month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £323 costs and a pay victim surcharge of £20.
Shaun Franklin of Wigston Road, Blaby, was also given a six-month conditional discharge for not having updated details on his dog’s chip. He was also ordered to pay £332.50 in costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.
All three were prosecuted after being served notice for failure to update their dogs’ chip, despite the 21 day period of notice and seven additional days to prove the required action had been taken.
Updating microchip details can be easily done over the phone or online, and can cost as little as £16 depending on the database.
Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We’re disappointed that we have had to take this action against three residents, including one for the second time this year. We are happy to help anyone struggling with the process to ensure their dog can be identified.
“This emphasises that we can and will take action against those who do not comply with the law.”
For more information on dog law, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs or call 0116 275 0555.