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Failure to microchip results in £400 fine for Carlisle dog owner

Carlisle Magistrates Court

Carlisle City Council is reminding residents to ensure their dog is microchipped and the details are up to date following a successful court prosecution.

On the 6th September 2018, a notice was sent to Wayne Smith, 26 Meadow View, Carlisle requesting him to have a dog he was responsible for microchipped, despite numerous attempts to engage with Mr Smith, he failed to comply. Mr Smith’s dog had previously been collected by the council’s stray dog service and on collection of the dog, Mr Smith was advised that his dog was required to be microchipped. Despite numerous reminders, Mr Smith failed to microchip his dog.

The matter was referred to the Magistrates Court and was heard on Wednesday 8 May 2019. Having outlined the facts of the case, and presenting the evidence, the bench found the matter to be proved. Mr Smith did not attend the hearing and no plea was put forward. The matter was dealt in his absence.

Mr Smith was found guilty of Failure to Microchip a Dog, Contrary To Section 3(1) The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015. The bench agreed to award costs of £150, imposed a fine of £220 and Victim Surcharge of £30; resulting in a total penalty £400.

Carlisle City Council spokesperson said: “It is important that the keeper of a dog has their dog microchipped and ensures that their details are up to date. A microchip is a small electronic chip around the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the dog’s skin, and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner. A microchip, which cannot easily be removed increases the likelihood that a lost, stolen or straying dog can be identified and returned to its owner.

“It is vital that the keeper takes responsibility for updating their details with the database should their circumstances change. Dog owners should contact their local vets for more information on microchipping. There is also a number of events being held in partnership with the Dogs Trust, with the next event being held on Monday 3 June 2019 at Harraby Community Centre.”

Carlisle City Council has teamed up with The Dogs Trust to offer free microchipping for dogs.

Dogs Trust community events will be held between 11am and 3pm on:

  • Monday 3 June: Harraby Community Centre, Edgehill Road.
  • Monday 15 July: Petteril Bank Community Centre, Burnett Road.

In addition to free microchipping, the Dogs Trust will also be providing a free ‘check your chip’ service, free health and training advice for dogs and free basic dog health checks.

A veterinary nurse will carry out the basic health checks including nail clipping, and they will check eyes, ears, teeth and weight, to make sure your dog is happy, fit and healthy. Alongside the health check, their team will provide advice on diet, training and neutering.

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