Dog owners are being reminded that, from 6 April, their pets must be microchipped.
The law covers all dogs over the age of eight weeks, or for a veterinarian certified working dog by the age of 12 weeks.
The chip will contain the owner’s contact details so that, if a dog goes missing or is stolen, it can be returned to its owner quickly and safely.
Dog owners and breeders who do not comply could be prosecuted and fined up to £500.
Various organisations, such as the Dogs Trust and animal welfare organisations, carry out dog microchipping free of charge at specific events.
For Dogs Trust microchipping events and details of local vets participating in a free microchipping scheme, visit the Chip My Dog website: http://www.chipmydog.org.uk/have-your-dog-chipped-for-free/
Meanwhile, the RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District Branch offers microchipping for £5 for dogs and cats at their mobile clinic:http://www.rspca-buryoldham.org.uk/home/how-we-can-help/microchipping/
Manchester & Cheshire Dogs’ Home (Harpurhey, Manchester M9 5PG) also offer microchipping at £5 per dog: http://www.dogshome.net/neutering-microchipping/
Many veterinary practices, kennels and dog groomers also carry out dog microchipping. They may charge a fee and costs will vary.
A Bury Council spokesman said: “Having a dog microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet’s chance of getting home. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying your dog. But don’t forget, the law says all dogs must wear a collar and tag, with their owner’s name, address and telephone number on it.”
Press release issued: 25 February 2016.