Chip offences lead to court for dog owners

News from the courts
News from the courts

Three dog owners from Bridlington have been fined hundreds of pounds for failing to keep the details on their pets’ microchips up to date.

Andrew Jewitt of Trinity Road and Lindsay Larman of Baptist Place, were both fined £440, told to pay costs of £210.12 and victim surcharges of £44 each at a court hearing in Beverley earlier this month.

A week earlier, David Gill of New Burlington Road, failed to appear at Beverley Magistrates Court where he was also facing the same charge of failing to keep the details on his dog’s microchip up to date.

The case was proved in his absence and he was fined £60, given costs of £210 and a victim surcharge of £30.

David Howliston, environmental control manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “These owners could have quite easily avoided a court appearance and heavy fines if they had just updated the details on the microchip.

“Not only is it a quick and simple process, which costs around £16 – significantly less than the fines and costs imposed by the courts, but these owners would have had a number of chances to update the microchip before being taken to court.

“The council does not provide microchips but organisations such as the RSPCA and The Dogs’ Trust, as well as local vets quite regularly have events where dogs can be microchipped for little or no cost.

“Having dogs microchipped and the details all kept up to date means that should the dog get lost from its owner our dog wardens can reunite people with their pets quickly and easily reducing stress for both owners and animal.”