East Riding dog owner ordered to pay £578 for failing to update dog microchip

A woman from Holderness who failed to update contact details on her dog’s microchip has become the first in the East Riding to be prosecuted under new laws.

Lorna Caddy, 37, of Main Street, Great Hatfield was charged under the new Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 but failed to attend Beverley Magistrates Court where her case was heard.

Magistrates were told that dog wardens from East Riding of Yorkshire Council had picked up Caddy’s dog as a stray and when she attended the kennels to collect it, she was informed the details on the mircrochip needed updating.

Caddy was served with a notice in August to update the chip and sent three follow-up letters as well as a written request to attend a formal interview, all of which she failed to respond to.

The case was proved in her absence and she was fined £220, has to pay costs of £328 and a victim surcharge of £30.

David Howliston, environmental control manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Since April 2016, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, which includes keeping the owners’ details up to date.

“This is the first case in the East Riding to be prosecuted under the new legislation and in this case, there was a very simple resolution and had Caddy updated the information on the chip it would have cost her just £16.

“I would urge all dog owners to make sure the information on the chip is correct because it can quickly help us reunite stray dogs with their owners as well as save avoidable costs to the public purse.”

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