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Dog owners urged to heed the microchip message

Dog owners are being reminded that it will soon be compulsory to have their four legged friend microchipped.

From April 6, any dog that is found not to have been microchipped could see the owner facing a fine of £500.

West Oxfordshire District Council picks up about 100 stray dogs every year, many of which are not microchipped, making it difficult for them to be reunited with their owners.

The animals are taken to council-appointed kennels with owners charged for accommodation and other costs until they are returned. If unclaimed, the stray is usually rehomed through an animal rescue centre.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environmental Enforcement, said: “Losing a dog is very stressful for both the animal and its owner but unfortunately it happens all the time.

“Microchipping is an effective way of ensuring dogs don’t stay lost for long. Now it is becoming law I would urge all owners to ensure it is done. It’s quick, cheap and easy and could save a lot of upset and expense.”

Microchipping only takes a few minutes and will last forever. A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin, giving the dog their own unique code. This is registered on a national database and can be used to quickly trace the owners should the dog be lost or stolen.

Some dog charities such as the Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Burford offer it for free.

To report a lost or stray dog call 01993 861000 or see the website:
www.westoxon.gov.uk/dogs

Posted : 26/02/2016 09:28:08

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