Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich dog owners urged to get their pet chipped before new law comes into effect next month

17:30 14 March 2016

The new law aims to reduce the number of strays which end up with services such as Blue Cross

The new law aims to reduce the number of strays which end up with services such as Blue Cross

Dog owners in Ipswich are being urged to get their pets microchipped before the new law takes effect next month – or risk facing a £500 fine.

From April 6, all dogs and puppies aged eight weeks and over must be chipped under new Microchipping of Dogs (England) regulations.

The details will be kept on a database to help identify the owners of stray dogs.

Those who do not get their dogs chipped could face a fine of up to £500.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “Stray dogs that are picked up and have a microchip can be returned where possible more promptly to their families.

“When a dog that does not have a microchip is found, it will be taken to kennels, to be reclaimed or rehomed.

“When the owners collect their dog they will be asked to ensure that the dog is microchipped and not run the risk of facing prosecution and a fine of up to £500.”

The spokesman added that the council would be writing to anyone with a dog found not to have been chipped.

An estimated 102,000 stray are dogs are understood to be picked up each year, with the new regulations having been put in place to help ease the burden on dog kennels, animal charities and local authorities.

Animal Welfare Minister George Eustice said: “Microchipping is vital for good dog welfare and a simple solution for responsible pet owners to provide peace of mind and ensure your much-loved dog can be traced.

“Microchipping our dogs will not only reunite people with their lost or stolen pets, but also help to tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets and relieve the burden placed on animal charities and local authorities.”

Ipswich Borough Council is reminding dog owners that it is a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address when they are in public.

To get your pet chipped, contact your local vet. For more information on the new regulations, visit 
www.legislation.gov.uk.

1 comment

  • Should be the same for cats as well. I can count the amount of stray dogs I have seen in the UK on one hand, i would need a super computer to count the amount of stray cats I have seen in the UK.

    Report this comment

    mr_tall

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Walkers get ready for the start of the ladies midnight walk in aid of St Helena Hospice at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom on 28-May-2016.
Picture: Steve Waller 
www.stephenwaller.com

Hundreds of ladies illuminated the streets of Colchester this weekend — wearing their finest and brightest neon clothes and accessories for St Helena Hospice’s eighth annual Midnight Walk.

Enjoy a family day out at the Suffolk Show

Looking for ways to entertain the family during the school holidays? Here we bring you a round up of what is on in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and elsewhere in Suffolk, and into north Essex.

EACH Colour Dash at Christchurch Park

Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) during Ipswich’s most well supported Colour Dash to date.

Priti Patel

Pro-Brexit Essex MP Priti Patel added to a new row in the EU Referendum campaign by accusing the leaders of the “Remain” side of being so wealthy and privileged that they did not understand the concerns of most voters.

Major Tim Pig preview shots. Image: Jane Anderson

The finer points of his space suit have been painted on, he has been shipped back to Ipswich and been glossed to protect him from the weather - and now Major Tim Pig is just waiting to land in the town centre.

City Palace Udaipur

With temperatures soaring into the 50’ – that is Celsius – in Rajasthan at present, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a place to be avoided!

File picture of Norwich Road/Orford Street junction in Ipswich.

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault committed in Ipswich last weekend have carried out anniversary checks in the area.

The bank holiday weather was perfect for events like the Trimley Beer Festival.

For once organisers of bank holiday weekend events are set to be happy with the British weather as the region prepares for a third dry day today.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing

It would take a phenomenal effort to produce a bad Dirty Dancing show. The 1987 coming-of-age drama is ripe for any interpretation: iconic music, a timeless script, a clear story with emotional depth, relatable characters and well-defined goals, and of course, some pretty captivating dancing.

Ferry boat inn old Felixstowe 
Food and drink review

I visited the Ferry Boat Inn on a day, not so very long ago, when hail was still a common occurrence, writes Victoria Richman.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24