- Owner’s stray dog did not have microchip or identity disc
- Fine totalling £594 issued
- Council will prosecute those who do not comply with the law
A dog owner has been handed a bill of £594 after being prosecuted for failing to get his dog microchipped and ensuring it was wearing a collar and tag in public.
West Lancashire Borough Council took legal action against local resident Joel Maguire after his dog was found straying and handed over to the Council. The dog was not wearing a collar and tag and was not microchipped.
Mr. Maguire reclaimed his dog from the kennels and was served with a legal notice asking him to comply with legislation regarding the microchipping of dogs and to provide the Council with proof of microchipping.
He failed to comply with the notice and was prosecuted for both that offence and not ensuring the dog was wearing a collar and tag while in public.
He did not attend the hearing at Wigan Magistrates Court and was fined £200 and ordered to pay £360 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Dog owners can face an unlimited fine if their dog is not wearing an identity disc in public. If they have more than one dog in public without identity discs, they can face separate fines for each dog.
It is also a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped and the owner’s contact details kept up to date. Anyone failing to meet these requirements can be served with a 21-day legal notice ordering them to comply. Failure to do so can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £500 per dog.
Councillor Gareth Dowling, portfolio holder for Communities and Community Safety, said: “The Council takes its role with regards the laws around dogs very seriously. This is to protect the public and other dogs from the effects of irresponsible dog ownership and to protect the welfare of the dogs themselves.
“Microchipping is essential for reuniting lost dogs with their owners as well as tracing the owners of dogs involved in attacks. Those who do not comply with the legislation should be under no illusions; we will prosecute those who flout the law, so if you want to avoid a hefty fine, get your dog microchipped and make sure it has an identity disk on its collar.”