Dog Name Tags UK: If you are considering getting your first canine companion, you may well be wondering whether you need to get your new furry friend a name tag. Here’s everything you need to know about UK laws concerning dog’s ID tags and the consequences of ignoring these laws.
According to the 1992 Control of Dogs Order, all dogs must wear collars and name tags bearing their owners’ name and contact details (address; see image for examples) when in public places and on public highways.
It should be noted here that while providing a phone/mobile number is optional, doing so is highly recommended by the Kennel Club’s “Good Citizen Dog Scheme”.
What’s more, since the 6th of April 2016, it is also a legal requirement for all dogs aged 8 weeks and over in England, Wales and Scotland to be microchipped, and owners are legally required to:
- Store and keep their details up-to-date with a relevant, approved database company, and
- Ensure their dog still wears a collar & tag with their contact details when in public
What Happens if Your Dog is not Microchipped and/or Doesn’t Wear a Name Tag?
Furthermore, if you (the owner), any handler or other individual in charge of your dog permits or causes your dog to be in a public place/highway without a collar & ID tag without any lawful excuse or authority (proof of which must be provided by you), you:
- Are committing an offence against the 1981 Animal Health Act
- May be ordered to pay a fine of up to £2,000
What’s more, your dog may be:
- Treated and seized as a stray animal under the 1906 Dogs Act, Section 3 or under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act, Section 149, and
- Detained until you have claimed him/her and paid all expenses incurred due to his/her detention
If you do not claim your dog/pay incurred expenses within 7 days of receiving notice that your dog has been seized (notification is typically given by an officer appointed by your local authority – i.e. your local district, borough or county council – to deal with strays), your dog may be:
- Given or sold to an individual who, in the relevant officer’s opinion, will properly care for your dog;
- Given or sold to an establishment (i.e. a dog shelter, kennels, etc.) receiving stray dogs, or
- Destroyed in an as humane and pain-free manner as possible
In other words, failing to microchip your dog or letting him/her roam public places/highways without a collar and ID tag could not only prove to be a costly mistake in financial terms but may also result in you losing your beloved furry companion to someone else or potentially even having him/her destroyed.
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