St Helens dog owner convicted under dog microchipping legislation

Samanthan Donoghue's dog was seized because it was not microchipped. Library picture
Samanthan Donoghue's dog was seized because it was not microchipped. Library picture
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A St Helens dog owner has been convicted under dog microchipping legislation.

Samantha Donoghue, 27, of Adelaide Avenue, Thatto Heath was ordered to pay a total of £636 after being found guilty in her absence at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court of failing to have her dog's microchip details updated, as prescribed by the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

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The court heard how Donoghue's dog was seized as a stray dog in February 2018 and on Donoghue claiming her dog from St Helens Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service, she was served with a notice under section 12 (a) of the The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 requiring her to update the details of her dog's microchip within 21 days.

Donoghue failed to comply despite being served with a 'Final Opportunity to Comply' notice which effectively gives a dog owner an extra seven days to meet the requirements of the legislation.

Last Friday (9 November) Donoghue was fined £220, with costs of £386. She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

Welcoming the outcome, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Better Neighbourhoods, Councillor Lynn Clarke, said: “Before the microchipping law came into effect over two years ago now, dog owners were given enough notice about the change in legislation, and the council even carried out microchipping for free - so there can be no excuses.

“Well done to our Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service for pursuing this case which I hope will act as a costly reminder that we will always look to prosecute dog owners who fail to ensure their pet is registered at their home address.”