Free microchipping and health checks for dogs

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A series of events to provide free microchipping for dogs will take place throughout the borough between February and April.

Organised by Dogs Trust, in partnership with us, the three events in Filey, Scarborough and Whitby will also include a free basic health check by a Veterinary Nurse, free nail clipping and a free information pack promoting responsible dog ownership.

Dog owners are invited to take advantage of these events to ensure they comply with new legislation introduced on 6 April 2016, when it became compulsory for all dogs over eight weeks old to be microchipped and registered with an approved database in the UK, including the current name, address and contact details of the owner. It is also a legal requirement to keep the database updated with any change of owner details.

The free microchipping events will take place between 11.00am and 3.00pm at:

  • Evron Centre, John Street, Filey - Tuesday 28 February
  • Eastside Community Centre, Abbots Road, Whitby - Monday 27 March
  • Dean Road Council Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough - Monday 24 April

Dog owners are advised to arrive as early as possible because the events are expected to be very popular.

Russell Camm, Dog Warden said:

"It is in all dog owners’ interests to have their dog microchipped; it could potentially save a great deal of time and money in reuniting owner and pet in the event of it going missing. Owners of dogs which have not been microchipped and registered may be served with a notice requiring them to do so within 21 days. Failure to comply with the notice will render the owner liable to pay a £500 fine."

We would also like to remind dog owners that it still remains compulsory in law for dogs to wear a collar and name tag containing the name and address of the current owner when in public. Any stray or found dogs which cannot be immediately identified to an owner are secured to a kennelling facility, incurring boarding and collection fees.