£500 fines for lost dog

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Stephen Hay­ward

DOG own­ers have been slapped with £ 500 court bills af­ter fail­ing to get pets mi­crochipped – which can cost as lit­tle as £15.

In April last year the law changed, mean­ing all dogs must be chipped to help trace own­ers of strays picked up by coun­cils.

Town halls are now launch­ing a wave of pros­e­cu­tions against “ir­re­spon­si­ble” own­ers.

In Coven­try alone, 18 have been pros­e­cuted and given 21 days to have their dog mi­crochipped. Some were fined £200, plus £278 costs as well as a £30 vic­tim sur­charge by mag­is­trates.

Coun­cil an­i­mal wel­fare man­ager Phil Hib­berd said: “We col­lect around 600 dogs per year. It costs the coun­cil large amounts of pub­lic funds deal­ing with stray and un­claimed dogs.”

LAW: Dogs must have chip

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