Microchipping dogs becomes law from 6 April 2016

From today (6 April), the government is making it a legal requirement for dog owners to have their dog micro chipped.

The council works with the Dog Trust to provide dog owners the opportunity to have their dogs chipped for free and will continue to hold free microchipping sessions over the coming months which will be published on the council’s website.

Fitting a dog with a microchip must be done by a trained professional. More information is available on the Government’s website.

Merton Council’s director of environment and regeneration, Chris Lee, said: “Implanting a microchip in a dog is part of being a responsible dog owner and enables the authorities to quickly reunite the pet with its owner if they become separated, reducing stress for both owner and animal.”

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