Col­lared! Dog owner hit with £1.3k ‘no tag’ penalty

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ASKELMERSDALE dog owner has been or­dered to pay out more than £1,300 by Wi­gan Mag­is­trates Court, for fail­ing to en­sure his pet was mi­crochipped and wear­ing an iden­tity tag in a pub­lic place.

New leg­is­la­tion came into force on April 6 last year, which made it com­pul­sory for dogs in Eng­land to be mi­crochipped and for own­ers’ de­tails to be kept up to date on the chip. Own­ers who fail to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions can be fined up to £500.

Wi­gan Mag­is­trates Court heard how Daniel Bradley’s mas­tiff was col­lected by West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil con­trac­tors while stray­ing in Old Skelmers­dale last Septem­ber, af­ter a com­plaint was made by a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

The con­trac­tor found there was no mi­crochip when the dog was scanned.

They also saw the mas­tiff was not wear­ing an iden­tity tag with the owner’s name and ad­dress, which all dogs must have by law while out in pub­lic places.

Af­ter Bradley, of Woodrow, Skelmers­dale, col­lected his pet, the coun­cil served him with a no­tice giv­ing him 21 days to get his dog chipped and pro­vide proof to the coun­cil he had done this.

Bradley did not com­ply with the no­tice, lead­ing the coun­cil to take le­gal ac­tion against him.

Bradley did not at­tend court and was found guilty in his ab­sence.

He was fined £660 for the dog not wear­ing a col­lar and tag, £220 for the dog not be­ing mi­crochipped, and was also or­dered to pay a vic­tim sur­charge of £66 and costs of £382.37.

In to­tal, Bradley’s fail­ure to com­ply with laws re­gard­ing his dog has cost him £1,328.37.

This is the lat­est prose­cu­tion the coun­cil has car­ried out since the leg­is­la­tion on mi­crochip­ping came into force.

The coun­cil aims to take firm ac­tion against all dog own­ers who fail to com­ply with do­gre­lated laws.

Dave Tilleray, who heads up the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Team, said: “This prose­cu­tion by the coun­cil shows its com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship and wel­fare within the bor­ough.

“Dog own­ers must take note that it is a le­gal re­quire­ment for dogs in Eng­land to be mi­crochipped.

“They must also, by law, wear an iden­tity tag with the owner’s name and ad­dress when in a pub­lic place.”

Mi­crochip­ping is a fail­safe way to en­sure that, if your pet is lost, it can be re-united with you when found.

Many vets and pet shops pro­vide this at a small charge.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship can be found by vis­it­ing www.west­lancs.gov.uk/dogs

A Skelmers­dale man has been hit with fines and costs of more than £1,300 af­ter his dog was found with no mi­crochip or iden­tity tag Pic­ture: GE­OFF CADDICK

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