New regulations that came into force in April this year require all dogs to be micro-chipped. It is quick, simple and painless. It is in addition to having a collar and tag with the owners details on it which is also the law. These measures are designed to help protect dogs by allowing the owners to be quickly identified and contacted should they stray. A straying dog is at risk from many dangers, not least being run over or attacked by other dogs. If your dog is injured, it may also allow you to be contacted quickly to tell you what has happened.
A straying dog costs the Council a lot of money to deal with and will cost the owner a significant sum to get back. Currently the charges are £39 the first day, £50 the second and rising daily to £81 by the end of a week. After that the dog legally becomes the property of the Council and will be sold or transferred. Nearly all stray dogs are not abandoned but have escaped from their home. Last year 90% of stray dogs in Clackmannanshire, that had to be taken to the kennels, were reunited with their owners.
Make sure your dog is under the control of someone responsible at all times. If your dog does stray, providing it has a microchip and collar with tag, we may be able to return the dog directly to you. This will save us - and you - time and money. Importantly, it saves your pet the stress of being sent to the stray dog facility.
The new regulations mean you must have your dog microchipped. If we find a dog straying that doesn't have one, we will require you, under the regulations, to have it done. Most vets will carry this out at minimal cost. Usually about £20. Some will do it free. The Dogs Trust will also carry it out for free. See their website for more details:
If you need advice on micro-chipping or straying dogs, just contact us, details below.
Clackmannanshire Council in partnership with Stirling Council's Trading Standards service are responsible for the statutory provisions of animal health and welfare legislation with regard to Farm Livestock, Animal Feed and Transportation of Farm Livestock.
For further information please contact Trading Standards:
Our Environmental Health Service primarily deals with dog related issues as well as other domestic animals. The Environmental Health Service offers advice and guidance to residents and pet owners and enforces various pieces of animal related legislation. Typical enquiries to the Environmental Health Service include:
The Environmental Protection Officers will also provide assistance and advice in regards to other matters relating to a wide range of animals.
If you would like more information on any of these issues, please contact the Environmental Health Service.
If you have any concerns that animals may be in danger, or being abused or cruelly treated you are advised to contact the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) telephone number 03000 999 999
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450 000