Man or­dered to pay £1,000 over dogs’ IDs

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AWEST Lan­cashire man has been or­dered to pay £1,095.65 for not hav­ing iden­tity discs on his dogs and fail­ing to up­date their mi­crochip de­tails.

Wi­gan and Leigh Mag­is­trates’ Court heard that two shih-tzu type dogs were col­lected by West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil’s stray dog ken­nelling con­trac­tor.

They were found to be mi­crochipped but nei­ther chip had any de­tails recorded on it and nei­ther dog had an iden­tity disc.

The dogs were col­lected by Daniel Mc­Grath, of Broad Lane, Down­hol­land.

Dog own­ers can face an un­lim­ited fine if their dog is not wear­ing an iden­tity disc in pub­lic.

If they have more than one dog in pub­lic with­out iden­tity discs they can face sep­a­rate fines for each dog. It is also a le­gal re­quire­ment for dogs to be mi­crochipped and the owner’s con­tact de­tails kept up to date.

Any­one fail­ing to meet these re­quire­ments can be served with a 21-day le­gal no­tice or­der­ing them to get their dog chipped and up­dat­ing the coun­cil to con­firm once this is done.

Fail­ure to com­ply with the no­tice can re­sult in pros­e­cu­tion and a fine of up to £500 per dog.

Dogs with mi­crochips where the owner has failed to keep their con­tact de­tails up to date will be deemed not to be mi­crochipped.

The coun­cil served le­gal no­tices on Mc­Grath, re­quir­ing him to up­date the an­i­mal’s mi­crochips so the com­pul­sory own­er­ship de­tails were recorded on them.

These no­tices were not com­plied with, lead­ing the coun­cil to start court pro­ceed­ings.

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

He was fined £660 and or­dered to pay costs of £369.65 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £66.

The coun­cil learned on the morn­ing of the trial that one of the dog’s mi­crochips had been up­dated 15 days be­fore the trial, but the other one still had no de­tails. The coun­cil was not no­ti­fied of this by Mc­Grath as the no­tice re­quired him to do so.

The mag­is­trates were made aware of this on the day of the trial.

Cllr Kevin Wright, port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity safety, said: “The coun­cil takes its role with re­gards the laws around dogs very se­ri­ously.

“So be warned, dog own­ers who fail to com­ply with the leg­is­la­tion could face a heavy fine.

“When a dog is mi­crochipped it can help trace who the keeper of the dog is.

“This may as­sist in re­unit­ing dogs with their keep­ers or trace the keep­ers of dogs in­volved in at­tacks.”

Dogs must be fit­ted with mi­crochips and the de­tails must be kept up­dated

CoreRFID’s Richard Har­ri­son and Munzi Ali

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