Last day for dog chip­ping

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

Dog own­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who haven’t had their pets mi­crochipped by the end of today, Wed­nes­day, are fac­ing fines of up to £500.

All dogs aged eight weeks and over in Scot­land will be legally re­quired to have a mi­crochip from that day.

The move is de­signed to make it eas­ier to reunite own­ers with lost or stolen an­i­mals. It will also help track down peo­ple with ag­gres­sive dogs and make it tougher for peo­ple to op­er­ate il­le­gal puppy farms.

The chips should also save coun­cils and char­i­ties £ 33mil­lion a year by re­duc­ing the num­ber of strays whose own­ers can­not be traced.

The mi­crochip – which is the size of a grain of rice – will be reg­is­tered with an ap­proved data­base, which will hold up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about the dog and its owner’s con­tact de­tails.

Go to www.chip­my­dog. org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

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