Dog Microchipping Now Legal Requirement in UK

Dog owners throughout the UK are now legally required to have their pets microchipped, or else face a fine of up to £500.

Image Credit: Dominik QN (Flickr)

Image Credit: Dominik QN (Flickr)

All dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must have the chip by the time they are 8 weeks old. Northern Ireland has had the law in place since 2013.

If local authorities discover a dog who has not been microchipped, the owner has 21 days to comply with the law or be fined.

It is believed that one million dogs in the UK are not currently microchipped.

The chips are used in the event of a lost or stolen dog, as councils and dog shelters can match the dog to the owner.

However, not everyone is in support of the new law. As Activist Post asks: Are humans next?

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