Kettering resident fined £355 and given Criminal Behaviour Order for dog chipping offences

Published: Thursday, 12th July 2018

A dog owner has been prosecuted for failing to ensure his pets microchip details were up to date - the first prosecution of its kind in the town.

On 12th June at Northampton Magistrates Court, Matthew Fletcher of Edinburgh Road, Kettering pleaded guilty to failing to microchip his dogs following a number of requests to do so. Mr Fletcher was prosecuted after being served notice for failure to update his dogs’ chips, despite the 21 day period of notice and seven additional days to prove the required action had been taken.

In October 2017, the Council’s Wardens Team was informed of a stray dog that was found by a member of the public. It was established that Matthew Fletcher was the current owner but the microchip was not up to date. It was also discovered that Matthew had a number of other dogs in his care that did not have an up to date Microchip. Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, dog owners must ensure that their pet is microchipped and that the owner’s details are kept up-to-date.

Mr Fletcher was ordered to pay a £125 fine, £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. He was also given a 12 month Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) relating to proper dog ownership and registration.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“We’re disappointed that we have had to take this action, but it emphasises that we can and will take action against those who do not comply with the law. We are happy to help anyone struggling with the process to ensure their dog can be identified.”

Updating microchip details can be easily done over the phone or online, and can cost as little as £15 depending on the database. You can Request a dog microchipping appointment online at www.kettering.gov.uk/dogs or by calling 01536 410 333.