Microchips for dogs, important information for all dog owners

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Important information for all dog owners.

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** It is a legal requirement (since the control of dogs order 1992) for all dogs to wear a collar with the name & address of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on an attached tag.
** since 6/4/16 it is compulsary to have your dog microchipped. If the details aren’t kept up to date on the database (ie telephone number, address) then this pet is classed as not microchipped. Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in a fine of up to £500 !

** If you lose your dog, you should inform the local dog warden, and its often a good idea to call local vets.

** the dog warden needs to be involved in ALL cases of straying dogs. They have to be either taken by the dog warden or seen by the dog warden & kept available for 7 days. On day 8 the owner loses ownership of the dog & they are transferred to kennels (which for the st.helens borough currently is leigh cats & dogs home) and wherever possible if not claimed, rehomed.

dog tags**On the st.helens council website all information can be found including : Before a dog can be returned to its owner a release fee does have to be paid. This fee covers the cost of the kennelling of the dog and the prescribed fee which is a charge made under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The release fees per dog seized by St Helens Council are:
•April 2015 – March 2016 £110
•April 2015 – March 2016 £145 (for a dog that has been seized as a stray on more than 2 occasions)

If you want to know more about dog law the kennel club have a good information guide you can download from their website : www.thekennelclub.org.uk
Other useful numbers :
St Helens Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service – 01744 676338
Leigh Dogs and Cats Home Ltd. Acceptance facility for stray dogs, daily from 8am – 8pm on 01942 671215 / 07786 118088.

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