Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from the 6th April 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays.
The microchips will be coded with owners’ details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
Government figures reveal that more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year, at a cost of £57m to the taxpayer and welfare charities.
Ministers hope the change in the law will help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets and relieve some of the burden on animal charities and local authorities.
What is microchipping?
- A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades of a dog using a sterile needle
- The procedure does not require an anaesthetic and is no more painful than a standard vaccination
- The chip is coated in a bio-compatible glass, the same material used in human pacemakers, which is not rejected by the dog’s body
- The device fuses to the dog’s bodily tissue, meaning it will not move around