Dog own­ers guide­lines

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

DOG own­ers have just one week to en­sure their pet has a mi­crochip. Ev­ery dog has to have a mi­crochip by April 6, un­der a new law in­tended to cut the ris­ing num­ber of strays in Eng­land and boost re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship.

Gov­ern­ment fig­ures re­veal that na­tion­ally more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year – at a cost of more than £57m to the tax­payer and wel­fare char­i­ties.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Coun­cil Cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties and health, said: “Mi­crochip­ping is a sim­ple so­lu­tion that gives peace of mind to own­ers. It makes it eas­ier to get their pet back if it strays and eas­ier to trace if it is stolen.”

No dog is ex­empt from this re­quire­ment, un­less cer­ti­fied as un­fit by a vet. Fail­ure to com­ply with the leg­is­la­tion could re­sult in a £500 fine.

The Dogs Trust is cur­rently of­fer­ing free mi­crochip­ping to pet own­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to chip­my­dog.org.uk.

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