Bridlington man fined for failing to update dog microchip details

Wed, 15 Aug 2018

A Bridlington man who failed to update the details on his dog’s microchip after buying it from a woman in Bradford has been fined.

Martyn Leigh of Burstall Hill, Bridlington failed to attend Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesdsay 8 August to answer a charge of failing to have his dog correctly microchipped, as required by law.

The court heard how Leigh’s dog had been found as a stray in December 2017 and when checked by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog wardens it was found to have a microchip but the details were that of a woman in Bradford.

Investigations by the dog wardens identified Leigh as the owner and he was served a notice to update the details on the microchip on 10 January.

Further checks on 23 April and 19 June revealed the details had still not been updated and he was summonsed to court.

The case was proved in his absence and he was fined £220, has to pay costs of £210.12 and a victim surcharge of £30.

David Howliston, environmental control manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Changing the details on microchips costs around £16 but failing to do so can result in a court appearance and, as in this case, a fine of over £200.

“I would urge all dog owners to ensure the details on the microchips are up to date to avoid ending up with a possible court appearance.”