Two Long Eaton dog owners have been handed hefty court bills after being prosecuted for failing to update the microchip details of their pets – the first prosecutions of this type in Erewash.
The two dogs were picked up as strays by Erewash Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens team in August, but when scanned the details on the microchips were incorrect.
Both owners came forward to claim the dogs and were each served with a Notice giving them 21 days to get the chip details updated – which they failed to do and so the council took the cases to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court and prosecuted both for failing to comply with the Micro-chipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.
Natalie Wood (28), of Baslow Close, Long Eaton, was found guilty of the offence and was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 – a total bill of £377.50.
Tony Gent (57), of Chesterfield Avenue, Long Eaton, pleaded guilty and was fined £40 – a lower fine to acknowledge his guilty plea – and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50, leaving him with a total bill of £197.50.
New legislation came into force in 2016 that means all owners must ensure their dog is microchipped and that their details are kept up to date.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“These are the first prosecutions of their kind in this borough and we are disappointed that we have had to take action. But the law is in place for the welfare of dogs and it is important that owners take responsibility and ensure that their pet is microchipped and that the details are correct. If someone moves house or changes their telephone number, then the microchip database needs to be informed. This means if a dog does escape and is picked up, it can be quickly and safely returned to its owner.”
Owners should contact the database company their dog is registered with to update details. Anyone who needs help on how to update microchip details can contact the council’s Neighbourhood Wardens team on 0115 907 2244.