Legislation - Microchipping and Dog Collars
Microchipping and Dogs
A microchip is the most effective way to reunite lost pets with their owners. All owners are responsible for ensuring microchipped pets are registered on a database and their details kept up to date. This is the only way to reunite you with your pet should it stray. Since April 2016 it has been the law to ensure all dogs are microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old, and registered on a DEFRA compliant database. Failure to do this can result in a fine of up to £500 per dog. All dogs should also be microchipped and registered to the breeder before they are sold.
Microchipping and Horses
All horse owners have until October 2020 to make sure that all horses are microchipped. The new law requiring horses to be microchipped has been introduced to prevent abuse and improve welfare.
Dog Collar Legislation
Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs must wear a collar and identity tag in a public place. The tag must enable the owner / keeper to be contacted. Local authorities enforce this law and fines of up to £5000 can be given by the Courts for non compliance.
Does a DogTrac ID Tag comply with UK Law?
No thought or consideration has gone into the 'Control of Dogs Order 1992' to bring an outdated act in line with modern technology and current theft epidemics in the UK.
It is still the responsibility of Local Authorities and only Local Authorities to enforce this law. Fortunately our Local Authorities are not locked in the past.
In 1992 when the current act was passed there was no such thing as The Internet and technology has changed things dramatically.
The act is so outdated it doesn't even insist on a telephone number, the first and most logical means of contacting an owner quickly. The act originated in 1920, unless you lived in Downton Abbey you probably didn't have a telephone but common sense should have prevailed by 1992.
The act states that your name and address must be on the tag, ignored by most for very good reason, it's not safe to do so anymore.
We are campaigning for the act to be brought into line. Only local authorities are empowered to enforce the act, not police. They are not stupid and recognise the benefits of modern tags. There has never been a prosecution of a QR or NFC enabled dog tag owner.
Our tags enable you to add far more than is required of the act and as 92% of the population own a mobile and 85% of those a smartphone there are probably more people capable of reading a smart tag than could read at all in 1950.