Hundreds of thousands of dog owners could be fined for failing to microchip their pets by tomorrow
Over one million dogs have not yet been microchipped, more than one in eight dogs out of the UK’s estimated canine population, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
From Wednesday 6 April, dog owners MUST make sure their pet is fitted with a microchip by the time it is eight weeks old, or face a fine of up to £500.
If a dog becomes lost or gets stolen and is picked up by a local authority or a shelter, the microchip can be scanned and matched to contact details stored on a database.
Charities such as the Dogs Trust, some local councils and some vets will microchip dogs for free.
Pets at Home also have an offer on microchipping your dog for just £10 until Friday 15 April 2016 (subject to availability).