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Compulsory microchipping of dogs

23 Feb 2016

From 6 April 2016, all dogs in Scotland over 8 weeks old must be microchipped and their owner’s details registered and kept up to date in a database. 

Compulsory microchipping aims to help re-unite lost and stolen dogs with their owners and will also allow authorities to directly identify dog owners and hold them accountable for their dog’s behaviour. 

Failure to have a dog microchipped may result in the dog being microchipped at the owner’s expense and/or the owner being fined. 

Ahead of the new rules coming into force, Dogs Trust is offering free microchipping to all unchipped dogs in Scotland at mobile drop-in events or by appointment at its two rehoming centres in Scotland. 

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