Dog owners across Birmingham are being encouraged to get their pets microchipped before a new change in the law comes into effect next week.
Birmingham City Council is reminding owners that from 6 April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and have their details registered on an authorised database.
Starting next week, animal welfare officers from the council are holding two more free microchipping sessions, so owners can get their dogs microchipped, ensuring they are compliant with the new legislation. These are:
- 6 April 2016: Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields, entrance on Kendrick Avenue, Shard End, B34 7SJ.
- 13 April 2016: Outside Wheeldon House, Longley Crescent, South Yardley, B26 1DP.
All sessions are 10am to 2pm and will operate on a drop-in basis.
Under the new law, dog owners are also required to keep their details up-to-date on the database.
If a dog is caught without a chip, the owner will be issued with a notice and given three weeks to get the chipping done, but failure to comply could result in a maximum fine of £500.
The Government has suggested that local authorities and pet charities could save £33 million a year in dog food, kennelling and rehoming costs if all dogs were microchipped.