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Dog owners fined over £2,000 for microchip offences

25 September 2017

Five dog owners from Sheffield have been successfully prosecuted for failing to get their dogs correctly microchipped.

The fines, costs and surcharges totalled £2,480 and were the latest in a series of prosecutions taken by the Council’s Environmental Protection Service since the law was introduced in April last year.

The owners were required to ensure the details on the their dogs’ microchips were up to date.  However, despite repeated letters and visits from enforcement officers, the pet owners failed to take action.

The cases were taken to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court by the council on September 21 where five people were found guilty.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:  “We are pleased that the courts have taken a firm stance on microchipping of dogs. It is a legal requirement and provided the details are correct, makes it easier to reunite lost or stolen dogs.

“It is a pity that these dog owners chose not to microchip their pet despite the efforts of our staff.”

The five people prosecuted were:

  • Ms Jade Deeley (age 39) of Herries Avenue, Sheffield – fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £307 and a surcharge of £30
  • Mr Wayne Thornton ( age 31) of Greenwood Drive, Sheffield – fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £309 and a surcharge of £30
  • Mr Patrick Green (age 61) of Hurlfield Road, Sheffield, – fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £307 and a surcharge of £30
  • Mr Simon Bradshaw (age 50) of Birchvale Road, Sheffield – no fine but ordered to pay costs of £200 and a surcharge £20
  • Mr Kevin Gordon (age 46) of Angleton Green, Sheffield – fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of  £337 and a  surcharge £30

National legislation brought in a requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and for the information to be kept up to date. The exception to this is dogs which have a veterinary certificate stating this should not happen due to reasons relating to the animal’s health.

The maximum fine for failing to microchip a dog when required to do so is £500.

The Council currently microchips dogs free, working in partnership with the Dogs Trust.  Appointments can be made by ringing 0114 2726758 or 07817 497 995.