Microchipping in 2015/16
The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 made it a legal requirement for dog owners/keepers to have their dogs microchipped as of 6th April 2016. One of the main problem with microchips, however, is that the owner/keeper details are not updated when there is a change of owner, address or telephone number so the law also requires that these details are current.
Winchester City Council’s Animal Welfare team, Dave Griffiths and May Carrington, have been actively promoting dog microchipping at a number of events in the District over the last year. With the Dogs Trust providing the microchips, Dave and May have chipped over 200 dogs free of charge, including one event at Mole Country Store in Winchester on 1st April 2016 where they chipped 104 dogs in 5 hours.
They are also prepared to visit a group of to chip 5 or more dogs free of charge.
Dave and May also wrote to the residents of Carousel Park, a showmen’s caravan site near Micheldever, offering free microchipping. With the assistance of officers from Alresford Police, they visited the site on 22nd June and met with a very positive response, chipping 16 dogs there.
If you would like more information or know of any groups that you think may benefit from a microchipping session, please contact Dave Griffiths or May Carrington on 01962 848350
Otherwise we ask you to spread the 3 golden rules of dog identification;
- Your dog must have a microchip
- Your details must be up to date on the microchip database
- Your dog must have a collar with a tag bearing your name and address in a public place.
There is a page on the City Council website that is dedicated to dog microchipping;