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Every dog must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner on the collar or an attached plate/badge whilst in a public place.
This applies even if the dog is on a lead and it is microchipped.
The purpose of the law is to ensure that a stray dogs owner can be quickly identified and contacted. Often members of the public who find stray dogs return them to the owners without the need to contact the Authorities. If your dog is picked up by the Dog Control Service you will have to pay a release fee. See stray dogs for prices.
The following dogs do not have to wear a collar and tag in a public place whilst they are working or being used for the following purposes:
You must include:
We recommend you include:
You can be prosecuted at the Magistrates Courts and if found guilty you can be fined up to £5000 and receive a criminal record
If your dog is in public without a collar and tag, the Dog Control Service have the power to seize and impound your dog, even if it is under the control of the owner
Yes. Only animal professionals carrying microchip readers have access to the national microchip databases that hold your personal information. Therefore your neighbour or other members of the public wouldn't be able to return your dog to you, without a collar and tag.
Yes. There are numerous unforeseen reasons why a dog may escape from their owner when out walking, even when on a lead! For example if a dog becomes scared by a loud noises or other dogs, it may 'slip their lead' or run away, or the owner may become ill. Often people will let their dog off a lead in a park and the dog can sometimes just get lost.
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