A dog owner has been fined £220 for failing to get her pet microchipped.
Charnwood Borough Council prosecuted Victoria Taylor, of Forest Gate, Anstey after her brindle and white pug cross was picked up as a stray and taken to Garth College Kennels in Hathern in May this year.
Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told Taylor collected the dog and was advised that it was not microchipped.
A formal notice was issued to Ms Taylor, which gave her 21 days to microchip her dog and register it with a recognised UK database, as required by the law since April 2016.
Taylor failed to respond to the notice and a reminder letter from the Council.
Taylor was charged with failing to comply with the notice requiring her to register the microchip. She did not attend the hearing and the case was proven in her absence.
She was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £437 and a victim surcharge of £30, totalling £687
This is the second time the Council has prosecuted someone for failing to have their dog microchipped.
Councillor Jenny Bokor, Lead Member for Regulatory Services said: “We’ve been handing out notices to owners who have failed to comply with microchipping their dogs since the law changed in 2016.
“The vast majority of owners have their dogs chipped already, but if you don’t, you could face a fine and a criminal record.
“It’s also important to remember to make sure the chips are kept up to date, failure to do so is also an offence. An up-to-date microchip can also help reunite you with your pet if they go missing.
“We’ll continue to take action against owners who do not microchip their pets.”
The borough council provides a microchipping service at College Garth Kennels. To book an appointment, call 01509 842 327.
The Dogs Trust also microchip pets. A local centre is in Wymeswold, Leicestershire.
For more information about the changes visit: www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped