It will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England, Scotland and Wales to be fitted with microchips from Spring 2016. In England the date is 6th April but dates for Wales and Scotland are tbc. Issue 40: December 2015 www.essexruralpartnership.org.uk

The only exemption is where a vet certifies in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped. Many vets offer free microchipping as do other welfare organisations. Owners of dogs without microchips face being served with a notice to comply, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the law. Dog breeders will be responsible for microchipping puppies before they are sold. Breeders will also be required to register their own details and these will be recorded against the microchip for the lifespan of the dog. All imported dogs will need to have a microchip.
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