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Owners Waking Dogs Without Key Information Tag Have To Pay A £2000 Fine

Many pet owners attach their information to their pets’ collars to prepare for unexpected situations. Recently, instead of an individual choice, it is compulsory to tag dogs according to the Control of Dogs Order 1992.

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Anyone who walks dogs without a tag could face a heavy fine of £2000. It is obliged for dogs in public spaces, even those with microchips, to wear collars with their owner’s name and address. The exception may be available for some working dogs. Though policymakers suggest adding phone numbers to the tag, which is significantly helpful in missing cases, this detail is still optional.

“Even if your dog is microchipped, they still need to wear a collar or tag. Exemptions apply for some working dogs,” the Blue Cross states. “We recommend you add your mobile number so you can be contacted at any time in case your dog goes missing.”

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Key detail on pet collars may ease dog owners’ apprehension about missing cases. When they lose track of their dog, they could follow the microchip on the pet’s body. On the other hand, those finding stray dogs would have enough information to contact the dogs’ owners.

Additionally, puppies from eight weeks old must be microchipped and registered, or breeders could face punishment for violating the law. When puppies are adopted, registration and microchip paperwork must be passed on to new owners. Dog owners may have to pay £500 or undergo criminal prosecution if they do not abide by the law.

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The Blue Cross adds: “Puppies must be microchipped before they go to their new homes, with the breeder being the first registered keeper. They are breaking the law if they do not register the puppy by the time they are eight weeks old. Breeders should also pass on correct microchip paperwork to the new owner when the puppy goes home.”

Some dogs with health problems could avoid microchips with a certificate of exception from vet clinics: “The law applies to dogs and puppies over the age of eight weeks. Exemptions are available if a vet believes there is a valid health reason not to microchip a dog. The vet must issue the owner with a certificate of exemption in this instance.”

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Information on dogs’ collars must be updated when pets are rehomed, or when the owners change accommodation. New owners have to register with the database after receiving registration paperwork from the old ones.

The Blue Cross claimed: “Owners are required to keep their pets’ details up to date, for example, if they move house. If you rehome your dog to someone else, you must give the new owner the correct microchip registration paperwork so that they can contact the database and register as the dog’s new owner.”

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Stringent regulation seems to focus on protecting dogs from undesirable situations while creating favorable conditions for pet parents to ensure their rights toward their fur babies.

Do you think this is a helpful law to protect pets? If you are a dog owner, do you feel tired and annoyed at the complicated paperwork? Is there any similar policy in your place? Please write down your opinions in the comment below.

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