DOG OWNERS in Leeds are being urged to get their pets microchipped before it becomes law.
From April 6, 2016, it will be compulsory for dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland to get their pets microchipped and ensure address details are kept up to date - or they could face a fine of up to £500.
A microchip is a small electronic chip implanted under the dog’s skin and containing a unique number that can be read by a scanner. The owner’s contact details relating to each number are logged on a central database, so if the dog goes missing or is stolen it can be scanned by the authorities and returned to its owner quickly and safely.
Adrian Burder, CEO of do welfare charity Dogs Trust, said: “Losing a dog is an extremely upsetting time for both dog and dog owner so we welcome the new legislation due to come into effect in April.
“In 2015 alone Dogs Trust has microchipped over 185,000 dogs for free across our network of Rehoming Centres and we’re still working tirelessly to ensure even more dogs are given these painless but essential pieces of technology before April.”
The new legislation follows recent research by the Pet Food Manufacturing Association which found that one in five dog owners in Yorkshire have not microchipped their dogs.
Dogs Trust is encouraging dog owners of Leeds to do this by visiting its Leeds Rehoming Centre, which offers a free microchipping service as well as advice about how to update chip details.
Book a microchipping by calling 0113 281 4920, or visiting the centre at the following address: Dogs Trust Leeds, Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL.
For more information and to update microchipping details, visit www.chipmydog.org.uk