6th Dec, 2016

New law could see pet owners fined up to £500

Shaun Reynolds 30th Mar, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A SOLIHULL veterinary clinic is urging owners to ensure their pets are microchipped before a new law comes into place.

As of next Wednesday (April 6), it will be a legal requirement to ensure any dog over the age of eight weeks old has an up-to-date microchip.

Failure to comply with the new law could result in a £500 fine.

YourVets Solihull, based on Lincoln Road North, often sees cases of lost pets being brought into the clinic with no microchip – meaning their owner untraceable.

Becki Dorman, practice manager at the YourVets clinic in Solihull, said: “We’ve already had lots of cats and dogs visiting the clinic in the past couple of months to get chipped ahead of the law change.

“Now we are urging all pet owners from Solihull to come down to the clinic and do the same before next Wednesday.

“Losing a pet is very distressing for animal owners, so it is so sad to see cases where details are untraceable because the owners did not get their pet microchipped.

“A lot of heartache can be saved with a very simple procedure.”

Microchipping is a simple process whereby a microchip with a unique code is inserted under an animal’s skin.

When scanned, the chip can be matched to the owner’s contact details.

For more information about getting your pet microchipped, call YourVets Solihull on 0121 647 4100.