Dog Identification Tags
Sadly, thousands of pets go missing every year and are not returned to their owner because they have no form of identification. As animals cannot speak for themselves, it is extremely important to know that they are properly identified so that if lost, when found, they can be returned to their relieved owner as quickly as possible. Microchips are soon to be law, and are useful, but the dog needs to be checked by someone with a scanner – vet, animal welfare etc., so the tag is the first place people will look.
It is never too early to put a collar and tag on a puppy. I once had a puppy of 8 weeks old who dug his way under the fence, taking his litter-mates with him, and visited the neighbours over the Close!
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner (not the dog’s name) engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your postcode is optional (but we would strongly advise that you include it), and your telephone number is also optional (but advisable). In case of Accident, I always include my vets telephone number on the tag too.
Ensure your dog’s tag is clearly visible and, if you have moved house, up to date.
You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.