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Dog owners across Bolsover District and North East Derbyshire District are being reminded that new legislation will come into force on 6 April 2016, meaning that your pet must be micro-chipped in addition to wearing a collar and tag.

We have done a lot of work over the past few years to educate people and get them prepared for this change in the law, so it is important that dog owners are ready.

The new legislation will improve animal welfare by making it easier to return a stray dog to its owner and also will help to deter dog theft.

Owners will need to:

  • Have their dog micro-chipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases available;
  • Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away;
  • Keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip databases.

The microchip, the size of a small piece of rice, is inserted in between the dog’s shoulder blades and coded with the owner’s details. Any owner who does not comply could face fines of up to £500.

We provide a microchipping service in addition to most veterinary practices and to arrange for your dog to be microchipped, please contact the Dog Warden on 01246 231111. For a limited period only, if your dog wears a collar and tag inscribed with the owners details, we are able to microchip your dog free (on a first come first served basis).

Date issued: 14 March 2016


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