Welwyn Garden City dog-owner fined for failing to update microchip details

PUBLISHED: 13:01 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:01 24 August 2018

Residents are being urged to ensure their dogs microchip details are up to date. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Kosheleva_Kristina

Residents are being urged to ensure their dogs microchip details are up to date. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Kosheleva_Kristina

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A Welwyn Garden City man was forced to pay nearly £400 after the council took him to court for failing to update his dog’s microchip.

Dog owners legally must have their pets microchipped with all the details – including contact information – kept up to date.

Daniel Barrett of Haynes Close pleaded guilty to failing to update his dog’s microchip, and was fined £20 and ordered to pay £360 to Welwyn Hatfield Council.

He had been served a 21-day notice period and further seven-day reminder, the council said, and was prosecuted after his dog was collected by WHC as a stray in May.

Councillor Fiona Thomson said: “Unfortunately we are still picking up dogs who are not microchipped or whose detail are not up to date, meaning it takes us longer to reunite them with their owners and risks them not being reunited at all.”

She added that keeping details updated was one of the responsibilities that come with owning a dog, and can be done online or via the phone.

For more information visit: www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped

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