In a bid to limit the number of stray and lost dogs, and to make it easier to prosecute owners of dangerous dogs, all dogs in England must be microchipped from 6 April 2016. Dog owners that fail to have their pets’ microchipped could face a £500 fine.
However, just having a dog microchipped alone will not stop dogs attacking people. Dog owners must take responsibility of their pet by training them properly to prevent aggressive behaviour.
The new law will also now cover dog attacks that take place on private property, meaning that dog owners will be prosecuted if an incident occurs. Over the last year, over 3,000 postal workers were attacked by dogs, with many incidents occurring on private property. If a burglar or trespasser is attacked though, the dog owner will not be prosecuted.
If a dog gets lost and it has been microchipped, it is more likely to be returned to its owner. Collar and tags, whilst acting as a great visual way to identify your pet, can get lost. A microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, cannot get lost as it is implanted underneath the skin of the animal. The procedure is quick and inexpensive.
Getting your dog microchipped isn’t the end of the story. You must ensure that your dog’s microchip details are entered onto a microchipping database and that the details are kept up to date if you move house. You will receive paperwork with your dog’s microchip. Keep this in a safe place so that you can refer to it at a later date.
At SureFlap, we support this new move to make microchipping compulsory in England. If you have a small dog that is microchipped, he can use the new SureFlap Microchip Pet Door for free access to and from the garden. The new pet door has a curfew mode – a timer lock that you can set to lock and unlock at specified times. Currently only available on our UK website, the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door will be available worldwide within the next couple of months.
What do you think?
Do you already have your dog microchipped? Do you agree with this new law? Tell us what you think by commenting on this blog post!