Fines / penalties
Under the regulations, your dog is considered microchipped when you:
- Implant the dog with a chip, and
- Register your details on an approved database
If you do not do this then you have not complied with the regulations and a notice may be served.
If you do not microchip your dog within 21 days of the notice being served, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
Fines/ penalties if you don't keep your database details up to date
If any keeper changes address or contact details etc, then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the regulations and enforcement action can be taken.
If the keeper does not update their details within 21 days of the notice being served, then they will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
Purpose of a microchip database
When a pet is microchipped, the unique microchip number and your contact details, along with important information on the pet, is then held in a secure location which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, by any Authorised Agent who finds the pet.
This will allow a pet to be quickly and safely reunited with you and your family.