Dog owners guidelines
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.