The Control Of Dogs order 1992
What does this actually mean for dog owners in the UK?
Wearing of Collars & I.D
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. (There are some exceptions to this, for example, Working Dogs, Guide Dogs, Sporting Dogs etc)
Some people choose to have their dogs name engraved on the collar or ID tag, others not. However, you MUST have Your (Dog Owners) Name, Address & Postcode information visible. Telephone number is a good idea, but optional.
Space is sometimes tight on small ID Tags, so the full address doesn’t have to be there, you could simply put your name, House Number & Postcode,eg
Personally, we feel it is a good idea top also state on the tag if your Dog is microchipped – however, this isn’t a legal requirement.
What happens if I don’t have ID on my Dog?
If you do not have the minimum required ID information, you could be personally fined up to £5.000, and be charged under the Animal Health Act 1981.
Your Dog may also be seized and dealt with as a Stray Dog. (Dogs Act 1906 & Environmental Protection Act 1990.) The offences are enforced by the Local Authorities, Not by The Police.
If your dog is found without ID and considered a Stray, then once seized the Dog Warden must attempt to identify and notify the owner and allow 7 full days for that owner to reclaim their dog. Clearly if a dog has no form of identification the warden is unable to notify the owner stressing the importance of a readable tag/disc. An owner is only entitled to reclaim his dog once he has paid a £25 fee plus any expenses (normally each days kennelling fees).
Once a dog has gone unclaimed for 7 full days the Dog Warden service may sell or give the dog to a suitable person or place within a rescue organisation or have the dog destroyed. Dog Wardens must keep a register of all dogs seized including important details such as a description of the dog, where the dog was found, when and any form of identification and you have the right to view the register free of charge.
Many dogs sadly get lost or stolen these days, so please remember, for the safety of your dog, and their welfare, ensure they have the necessary ID on them so that they can hopefully be re-united with you quickly. Also of course ensuring you stay within the regulations of The Control Of Dogs order 1992
Full information can be found here at the Governments Legislation Site