Swale’s help for dog owners

Swale’s help for dog owners

Dog owners can make sure they’re staying on the right side of the law by getting their precious pet microchipped for free next month.

Swale Borough Council will be offering a free microchipping amnesty event  at Art in the Park in Milton Creek Country Park on Sunday 11 August.

It is an offence to have a dog over the age of eight weeks old that has not been microchipped or whose details are not up to date. If dogs aren’t microchipped, owners can face a fine of up to £500. If you live in Swale, this is your chance to get your dog chipped free of charge.

Microchipping means dog owners have the peace of mind that should their dog be lost or stolen, they can be returned to the right person quickly. Other benefits for owners include:

  • All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer
  • Deterrent to dog theft
  • Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty
  • Helps vets contact dog owners for emergency procedures
  • Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environmental and rural affairs at the council, said:

“Losing a dog can be heart-breaking, but microchipping makes it more likely you will be reunited with your pet.

“Microchipping also makes sure owners take full responsibility for their pets, as they know they can’t just get a dog and abandon it if it’s harder to look after than they first thought.”

For more information about Swale’s stray dog service, visit www.swale.gov.uk/stray-dogs.