Dog ID tags - further information

 

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It is a sad fact that 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.

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 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).  We are only able to engrave a maximum of four lines on each side of the tag. The more characters on a line, the smaller the engraving will be.

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

Exceptions

  • Dogs used on official duties by the armed forces, HM Customs & Excise or the police
  • Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds
  • Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin
  • Dogs used for driving or tending cattle or sheep
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Dogs used for emergency rescue work

There are many different connotations that you may wish to adopt to ensure that the information on your pet's tag ensures that they can be returned to you as quickly as possible if they stray. Some people feel the need to display the dog's name on the tag as a useful assistance if the dog should be found, while others feel this could be used in a more negative way, if a dog should be stolen.

It is also difficult sometimes to display the whole address and telephone number on a small 1 inch tag. Therefore as your postcode relates to a section of houses in one particular road. If you then add your house number this can accurately identify your address. In line with the law and the Scheme's description, we have come up with a few sample engraving suggestions:

One-sided tag:

K CLUB
4A ALTON HSE
HP19 8XU
0844 463 3980

K CLUB
4A, HP19 8XU
0870 6066751
01296 486725                   

Two-sided tag:

Side 1
K CLUB
4A ALTON HSE
GATEHOUSE WAY
HP19 8XU

Side 2
0870 6066751
01296 486725
MICROCHIPPED

Version suitable for printing

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