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Offline Bunter

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Tags, Microchips and Lost Dogs
« on: December 27, 2009, 15:50:43 PM »
By law:

* Every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it. Exceptions being hunting hound packs or whilst dogs are being used for sporting purposes, capture of vermin, herding or rescue work. Also, dogs for the registered blind or used by the armed forces, customs and excise or the police are exempt.
* Dogs not meeting this criteria can be seized and treated as a stray by your local authority under the Environment Protection Act.

It is basic common sense however that your dog should wear a tag bearing your contact details.  Mine have my mobile number as well as home number and address on them so that I can be easily contacted.  I have found a few stray dogs who have all had to go to the pound as they have not been wearing a tag.  Had they done so, I could have returned them immediately to their worried owners.  As it was, they ended up in the pound and could not be reclaimed until the dog warden's office at the Local Authority was open.  In one case they had to wait until after a Bank Holiday weekend.  Apart from anything else, it cost them more due to this.

The vast majority of dogs notified as lost on the various lost dog websites have not been wearing a tag.  Surely your dog is worth the very small price of a tag?

Make sure your details are kept up to date too.
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Re: Tags, Microchips and Lost Dogs
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2009, 16:00:14 PM »
Microchips

Microchipping is quick and easy.  We at Four Paws have people who are licensed to microchip your pet.  You vet can also do it for you and other animal welfare groups are also providing this facility.

Microchipping is the most secure way of permanently identifying your pet. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner's details are placed on a national database.  If your dog gets lost and slips his collar with his tag, then anywhere with a scanner will be able to se if he has a microchip when found.  Most vets have them along with the Local Authority Dog Warden.

Again, make sure your details are kept up to date or the microchip will be pretty useless!

Dogs Trust Microchipping Leaflet
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Re: Tags, Microchips and Lost Dogs
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2009, 16:11:53 PM »
What to do if you Find a Dog

Legally, you must report the found dog to the Local Authority Dog Warden (you can also report them to the Police if in Scotland).  Details can usually be found online or through Directory Enquiries.  Dog Wardens are normally part of the Environmental Health Department.

If you do not report the dog to the Dog Warden, he will never legally belong to the finder (or anyone else if passed on).  He must serve the statutory seven days in the pound before being allowed to be rehomed.  Only after that time can legal ownership be passed on.

Dogs Trust - Lost, Found and Stray Dogs
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Re: Tags, Microchips and Lost Dogs
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2009, 16:22:56 PM »
What to Do if your Dog Goes Missing

* In the first instance, contact the Dog Warden at your Local Authority, normally part of Environmental Health Department, who have legal responsibility for stray dogs.  In Scotland you can also try the Police as they still accept stray dogs.

* Contact local vets in case your dog has been involved in an accident and has been taken in for treatment.  Some people will also have taken a dog to the vets to be scanned for a microchip too.

* Contact Petlog or your microchipping database.

* Contact local kennels and rehoming centres.

* Visit the normal places you would take your dog for a walk in case he has gone there.

* There are several Lost Dog websites on the internet, such as Dog Lost.  Search on the websites for your dog and also register your dog as being missing.  Dog Lost will allow you to download a poster from the website to place in the area where your dog went missing.

Dogs Trust - Lost, Found and Stray Dogs

Dogs stray and run off for many reasons: boredom, the smell of a bitch in season if he is not neutered, lack of exercise, high prey drive .......  Dogs Trust - Why Dogs Stray

Recovery Tips - Lost Dog Behaviour
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