Residents urged to get dogs micro-chipped in line with the law

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News from Medway Council

Dog owners in Medway are being urged to take advantage of free dog micro-chipping in line with a change in the law.

From 6 April it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England to be fitted with a micro-chip, which stores contact details of the owner.

Medway Council offers a free, at-home dog micro-chipping service for residents in a bid to reunite dogs with their owners quickly after being picked up by council wardens.

The authority’s successful Day for Every Dog campaign will return this summer, which will provide even more opportunities for owners to make use of the free service in various Medway locations. Last year’s week-long event resulted in the micro-chipping of 171 dogs.

Once the new rules come into effect, if a dog without a micro-chip comes to the attention of the council, its owner may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be micro-chipped, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the notice.

Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for micro-chipping their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers, and all imported dogs will need to have a micro-chip.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of community wardens, Cllr Rupert Turpin said: “With the new law coming into effect in just a few weeks, I urge residents with dogs without micro-chips to contact the council and book an appointment for the free service as soon as possible. There is no excuse not to as it’s free and wardens can deliver the service within the home.

“Since the setting up of the Medway Council Stray Dog Service Facebook page we have seen lost dogs reunited with their owners more quickly, but the process will be even more efficient once micro-chipping becomes a legal requirement, hopefully resulting in many more easily identifiable dogs.”

To book free dog micro-chipping or for more information call 01634 333333.

Join the Medway Council Stray Dog Service Facebook page to help reunite lost dogs with their owners, or help to find them new forever homes.

One Response to “Residents urged to get dogs micro-chipped in line with the law”

  1. Retraceuring Steps Says:

    councillor obrien

    we have spoken breifly before on the phone my name is john-daniel scullion i have been working closely with medways youth team to create oppertunities and classes for parkour across our towns

    i have recently completed 1st4sports level 1 adapt qualification in coaching parkour/freerunning and thanks to the generousity and hard work of medway council can finally go on to sit my level 2 next month giving me the papers i need to be fully self employed using the only craft i know

    i have also been working with the princes trust enterprise programme and their assigned business mentor mr peter wright to get my business plan up to scratch not only for the banks but for their own business launch group, a dragons den style interview where i can gain up £7,500 start up loan and access to other small business and sporting grants, this step is ALMOST done

    my last puzzle piece is to get as many market research questionaires done by local people who have given the thought of doing parkour…well a thought with this local data i can mix with more national stastics related and show the princes trust that not only are classes need across medway and other parts of kent but i can make it sustainable and have worked hard to do so

    i thought id send you across an update after the interest you showed after our last discussion i have also attached the questionaires, maybe some of your avid readers might like to get involved

    i hope soon we will get to meet and you can see the fruits of my labour

    take care

    john-daniel ‘scully’ scullion founder Retraceuring Steps Parkour

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