Warning over new dog law

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Lancaster City Council has reminded dog owners that they will be breaking the law if their pet isn’t micro-chipped by April 2016.

That is when the Government will introduce new legislation designed to help reunite lost dogs with their families.

The city council said it was working with the Dogs Trust to arrange three micro-chipping days across the district to ensure as many people as possible comply with the new law.

It involves painlessly inserting a chip the size of a grain of sand under the dog’s skin which will electronically identify the owner and address of the dog if it were ever to become lost and found by dog wardens or other animal welfare organisations.

The authority also wants suggestions of the best places to hold the sessions by emailing dogwardens@lancaster.gov.uk or calling 01524 582935.

Coun Karen Leytham, cabinet member for environmental health, said: “It is hoped that the free local micro-chipping sessions ahead of the new legislation will not only help residents avoid breaking the law but greatly assist our dog wardens in reuniting owners with their much loved pets.”