Council offers free dog microchipping

Wakefield Council is offering free dog chipping to help dog owners in the district meet the new legal requirements.

From 6 April, new legislation comes into force that means dogs must be microchipped and the information on the microchip kept up to date.

The Council is offering free dog chipping to the first 50 owners that attend the event later this month. One free dog will be chipped per household. Owners can still get there dogs chipped after this for a cost of £12.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 29 March, 10am – 1pm at Pugneys County Park on Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. Advice and information will also be available on all dog-related issues.

Since last April the Council has already picked up nearly 400 stray or lost dogs. Only 70% of these were microchipped and half of those were chipped incorrectly with wrong data on the log.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, said: "The new legislation means that all dogs need to be chipped and the information kept up to date. If this isn't done a 28 day notice period will be issued and then they can be fined up to £500.

"Don't get caught out, make sure your dog is chipped and the information on it is correct. If you do lose your dog it means we can help return it to you quickly. Go along to the event where our dog wardens will be able to microchip your dog for you and offer lots of other information and support."

The Council's dog wardens offer a microchipping service for £12 per dog.

A microchip means the dog's address and owner's details are recorded on a national database for vets and other authorities to check when a pet goes missing or is stolen. A collar and identification is still required to be worn by law.

Owners of dogs found without a chip could face prosecution and a fine of £500 from April 6.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/community-and-housing/community/dog-wardens