Compulsory micro chipping for dogs became law in April 2016. Recent figures reveal that over 94% of the nation's 8.5 million dogs are micro chipped, but it is still estimated that there are around 500,000 irresponsible dog owners breaking the law by not getting their dog chipped.
To combat this, Sedgemoor District Council has teamed up with The Dogs Trust to run a "Microchip Amnesty" in November 2017 giving those dog owners who haven't complied with the law the chance to get their dog microchipped for FREE at two venues in and around Sedgemoor. If you are unsure if your dog has a chip or not, you can get this checked out too.
Bridgwater (Jollyes Pet Store) Monday 6th November 2017 from 1:30pm until 4:00pm
Apex Park Office, Highbridge Wednesday 8th November 2017 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm
In addition, a volunteer from The Dogs Trust will be visiting primary schools to spread the word about 'Responsible Dog Ownership' as well as the importance of micro-chipping dogs.
The average fine issued to dog owners was £340, with maximum penalty being £500. Over 43,000 strays were reunited with their owners in 2015-2016; a fifth of these as a direct result of a microchip, proving just how important microchipping is in reuniting lost dogs with their owners.
64% of all dogs taken in by local councils, around 12 dogs every day, were at risk of being put to sleep, simply because owners had neglected to update their details on the microchip database. Sedgemoor District Council does not put any healthy dog to sleep; they would go for re-homing.