From 6 April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are eight weeks old.

A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

The chip contains the dog owner’s contact details so that if the dog ever goes missing, or is stolen, it can be scanned by the authorities and returned to his owner swiftly and safely.

The minimum details that must be recorded are the full name and address of the keeper, current telephone number, the name, sex, breed, colour and date of birth of the dog.

Microchipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If owners move house or change telephone numbers, they should make sure that the database is updated.

If a dog is picked up and it is wearing a collar and tag or if it is micro-chipped, providing it is the first occasion it has been picked up, it will be returned to the owner if they are contactable.

The owner will then have to pay a charge, currently £25, together with kennelling and veterinary costs before the dog is returned.

If a dog is not collected by the owner within 7 days of being seized then Nottingham City Council will legally assume ownership of the dog. The majority of the strays left unclaimed are re-homed but in certain circumstances do have to be put to sleep.

The stray dog statistics for Nottingham from the past year:

  • 687 Stray Dogs
  • 388 reunited/ reclaimed
  • 240 re homed
  • 59 put to sleep