Dogs owners reminded to get their pets chipped

Posted on: 6 October 2016

Six months on since a new microchipping law came in to force – and still, unchipped dogs are being found in North Devon. 

New legislation means all dog owners are now responsible for microchipping their pet dogs and are responsible for ensuring their keeper* contact details are up to date. However, despite this, North Devon Council has picked up 71 stray dogs since April, with only 32 of those being chipped.

Cllr Rodney Cann, Executive Member for the environment, said: “The microchipping law should mean we’re able to reunite owners with their lost pets more efficiently and quickly. However, it’s disappointing to know more than half of the dogs we have come across in the last six months are still not chipped. I therefore want to remind owners that it is the law and that any dog over eight weeks old must now legally be chipped. If we find a dog that isn’t, we will be looking to follow a process to get the dog chipped – which if the owner ignores, could then see them being fined.”  

If the council finds a dog which is not microchipped, or its keeper’s details are not registered on an approved database, our dog warden will serve a notice on the owner/keeper when they come forward. The keeper then has 21 days to ensure their dog is microchipped or they will be liable to pay a fine of £500.

Most vets offer a microchipping service, along with some local organisations and animal charities, although prices may vary. For more details, please contact them direct or go to

* The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 does not confirm proof of ownership, but rather who the ‘keeper’ of the dog is. Therefore, if a dog strays, bites or causes any damage, the keeper would be liable for that dog. 

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