A women from Chilwell was handed a £220 fine last week after being found guilty of not updating her dog’s microchip information. She was also ordered to pay £242.50 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Jessica Underwood of Marriott Avenue, Chilwell is the first person in Broxtowe to be prosecuted for non-compliance of a 12a Notice. She failed to attend court and it was proven in her absence.
New legislation came into force on 6th April this year which means all dogs must be microchipped and registered with their keeper`s contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date.
If a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities and its keeper is known the keeper may be served with a 12a Notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days.
Councils and the Police have powers to prosecute keepers who do not comply with the notice and may face criminal prosecution and a fine of up to £500.
So far, 26 notices have been issued.
For more information and to report incidents of stray dogs, dog fouling and dangerous dogs in Broxtowe Borough, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 7777 or www.broxtowe.gov.uk/straydogs