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Burton Latimer resident ordered to pay almost £1000 for dog chipping offences

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2019

A dog owner has been prosecuted for failing to ensure his pet’s microchip details were up to date, following a number of requests to do so.

Dan Rudd of Station Road, Burton Latimer failed to attend Northampton Magistrates Court on 3rd September 2019 and so the matter was proven in absence. 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 Rudd was prosecuted after ignoring a Notice which was served upon him and which requested that he up-date the details on his dog’s microchip. He was ordered to pay £974.80, made up of a £250 fine, £694.80 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Microchipping is the most effective tool for our wardens to reunite dog owners with their lost pets. However, it’s only useful if the information on the chip is kept up-to-date and it is the owner’s legal responsibility to ensure this is done. If you move house, you must contact the database company that your dog is registered with and update your details."

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.