Protect your pooch
10 February 2016
If you're a dog owner you will have to microchip and register your dog before a new law comes in on 6 April 2016.
The measures are to help reunite and protect dogs that may become lost or stolen as well as to crack down on vicious or illegal dogs.
In Brent you will be able to do this for free by attending one of our events in parks around the borough or by making an appointment with our Animal Welfare Team.
It is important that if you own a dog that is not microchipped and registered, that you do this before the new law comes in as failure to do so could result in a fine of £500.
The new law is part of the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015- new laws that were made in February 2015- and will come into force on 6 April 2016. It will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be fitted with microchips and registered to an approved database and for the details on the chip to be kept up to date.
For every dog that is currently not microchipped, the owner has until 6th of April 2016 to comply. The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, will be officially registered with an approved microchip database, which will hold up-to-date information about the dog and its owner's contact details.
Cllr James Denselow, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities said:
"I don't want any dog owners in Brent to fall foul of the new law. To help our residents the animal welfare team offer free dog microchipping at our Tuesday park events and by appointment at other times. These new measures will help reunite lost dogs with their owners as well as clamp down on illegal sales of stolen dogs and illegal breads of dog."
Our animal welfare team and the Mayhew Animal Home will be chipping dogs for free at the following sessions:
1 March 10am - 12pm, Tiverton Open Space, Aylestone Avenue, NW6
8 March 11am - 1pm, Welsh Harp, Birchen Grove, NW9
15 March 12pm -2pm, King Edward VII Park, Wembley, HA9
22 March 1pm -3pm, Woodcock Park, Kenton, HA3
29 March 9.30am -11.30am, Roundwood Park, NW10
If you can't make a park session then contact the Brent Council Animal Welfare Service to book an alternative appointment. Tel: 020 8937 5252 .
The Mayhew Animal Home also offer microchipping outside of these sessions but there may be a charge. Contact them for details. Tel: 020 8962 8009 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org