Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:31

ID Tags for dogs – are you breaking the Law?

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What should I put on my dogs’ ID tag? While a dog is in public, it is required by law to wear an identification tag with the owner’s name and address on it. Some dogs are exempt, see the list below. In practical terms, we think it’s a good idea to have your mobile phone number on the dogs’ ID tag too.
Let’s start with what the Law actually says: Wearing of collars by dogs 2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it. (2) Paragraph (1) above shall not apply to— (a)any pack of hounds, (b)any dog while being used for sporting purposes, (c)any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin, (d)any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep, (e)any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise or the police force for any area, (f)any dog while being used in emergency rescue work, or (g)any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/901/article/2/made My dog is microchipped, should he wear an ID tag? The answer is yes. In practical terms, imagine this scenario? Your dog becomes lost. Your dog is (hopefully) microchipped. A kind person finds your dog and your dog has a dog collar on but does have a dog ID tag on it or worse still your dog does not even have a collar on. Finder doesn’t know who to call or what to do. There is no obvious way to contact the owner immediately by taking him back or calling the number on the tag. One would hope that in the absence of a collar and tag, the finder is aware of what they can do. Sadly, many times they are not. In some cases, however, people do keep dogs whether they know the law or not, this is a very real scenario. You must by law report a dog you have found to your Local Council. Use this finder service for reporting found/lost dogs to your local council. ID tags for dogs Image Credits: The Kennel Club (UK) What do I do if I find a dog who is not wearing a collar and tag? Here are a few suggestions what you can do if you find a dog that is not with its’ owner. Contact the Police on 101 to see if anyone has reported a lost dog. Contact your Local Council and file a report of the dog you have found Contact neighbouring Local Councils. Contact some of the local vets to see if there are any reports of a lost dog. They will also ask to scan the dog for a microchip. Look on social media. Facebook is normally the best for this, but if you don’t use Facebook, ask a friend to post a FOUND notice for you. Call the local Radio Stations and ask for the dog to be on their lost and found announcements. Contact local stray kennels to enquire whether anyone has reported to them that their dog is missing. Contact local dog rescues to ask if anyone has reported the dog. Contact Dog Lost a website dedicated to reuniting lost dogs’ with their owners. Put posters up, not everyone is on the internet or uses social media. Knock on a few doors and make enquiries with neighbours, leave your details with them. Does my dog need to be microchipped? In short yes, microchipping is mandatory. A puppy must be implanted with a microchip before it is 8 weeks old. All other dogs must now be microchipped. You can be fined up to £500 if your dog is not microchipped or if the details are not up to date. Assuming correct procedures are followed, the microchipping scheme for dogs means that dogs can be easily reunited with their owners. When the procedures are not followed, this is when problems arise. The problems are as follows: the microchip is not registered with the owner the microchip details are not kept up to date worse case the dog is not microhipped There are many scenarios where the above happens. A dog might be rehomed by a rescue centre and the details are not updated. They can either have the old owner details on record, or the rescue centres details. Where a dog has been sold or given away, the microchip details might not have been updated. Either way, this causes many problems. When a dog is genuinely lost and the owners are fraught with worry, the dog cant possibly be reunited unless by the powers of social media and such like, you by chance see the details. After 7 days in a council pound or 28 in the finders home, your dog can be legally rehomed. Getting your dog microchipped Your dog must be implanted by a trained professional. This can be a Vet or someone trained to implant microchips. No anaesthetic is required and usually causes no discomfort. Any pain is minimal and short lived. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice, about 10mm long by about 2mm wide and is implanted subcutaneously (under the skin) between the shoulder blades (on the dorsal midline) at the back of your dogs’ neck. More details here on dog microchips. Each microchip has a unique number and is (should be) registered with a government compliant microchip database. What is a microchip for dogs? The ‘chip’ is a small (micro) integrated circuit. It uses passive radio frequency identification technology (RFID). As stated above it is implanted under the skin in between the dogs’ shoulder blades at the back of the neck. A competent implanter will scan the dog afterwards making sure the chip is actually under the skin. Microchips can come out after implanting and can also migrate around your dog’s body. It is not uncommon for them to move quite a few inches and even on legs. Useful contacts Finder service for reporting found/lost dogs to your local council Create a dog lost or found poster RSPCA recommended lost and found website Kennel Club information Guide – Do you know the law?
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