Free microchips for dogs in Derby

Published: 1 June 2022

small white dog running in park

all dogs over the age of eight weeks must be microchipped and wear a collar with an ID tag.

Derby residents have the chance to have their dogs microchipped for free on Saturday 11 June when Derby City Council’s Dog Wardens set up shop at Stockbrook Local Housing Office between 11am and 3pm.

The free service is available for all dog owners in the city. Just bring your dog and a form of photo ID with you. If you’re unsure whether your dog has been microchipped we can check and update the microchipping database with the correct information.

In England, Wales, and Scotland, all dogs over the age of eight weeks must be microchipped and wear a collar with an ID tag. If you own a dog, you are also responsible for keeping the microchip information up to date.

A microchip is a small identification device (about the size of a grain of rice) that connects a dog to their owner. Each microchip has a unique number that can be read by a scanner and once fitted should last the rest of your dog's life. If your dog is microchipped and goes missing, our dog wardens can scan the dog to locate you as an owner.

If you don’t microchip your dog, officers can issue you a notice requiring you do so within 21 days, otherwise you may be prosecuted and fined up to £500.

Councillor Matthew Eyre, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Place and Tourism, said:

Derby City Council has a statutory duty to deal with stray dogs found in our area. Every year, our Dog Wardens deal with a number of dogs who are not microchipped or whose chip information is inaccurate. This can cause a significant delay in reuniting you with your dog, as well as an increase in the fee you pay while your dog is in our care.

The welfare of your dog is at the heart of the service we provide, and our Dog Wardens go to considerable lengths to reunite you with your dog as soon as possible.

We're hosting this free event to help our residents ensure their dogs are microchipped and also that contact information is up to date.

Dog Wardens will be at Stockbrook Local Housing Office between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 11 June.

Earlier this year, Derby City Council put a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to help combat dog fouling in the city. Our Public Protection Officers can provide advice on the changes and what they mean for you and will also be giving out free dog poo bags to owners.

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