Brent Council are encouraging dog owners to microchip their beloved pooches before a new law comes into place making dog microchipping compulsory.

If you're a dog owner you will have to microchip and register your dog before the new law comes into effect on April 6.

The measures are said to help reunite and protect dogs that may become lost or stolen as well as to crack down on vicious or illegal dogs.

In Brent you will be able to do this for free by attending one of the council run events in parks around the borough or by making an appointment with the Animal Welfare Team.

It is important that if you own a dog that is not microchipped and registered, that you do this before the new law comes in as failure to do so could result in a fine of £500.

The new law is part of the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 and will come into force on April 6.

It will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be fitted with microchips and registered to an approved database and for the details on the chip to be kept up to date.

For every dog that is currently not microchipped, the owner has until April to make sure their dog is protected.

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The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, will be officially registered with an approved microchip database, which will hold up-to-date information about the dog and its owner's contact details.

Cllr James Denselow, cabinet member for stronger communities said: "I don't want any dog owners in Brent to fall foul of the new law.

“To help our residents the animal welfare team offer free dog microchipping at our Tuesday park events and by appointment at other times. These new measures will help reunite lost dogs with their owners as well as clamp down on illegal sales of stolen dogs and illegal breads of dog."

The Brent animal welfare team and Mayhew Animal Home will be chipping dogs for free at the following sessions:

  • March 1 from 10am to 12pm at Tiverton Open Space, Aylestone Avenue
  • March 8 from 11am to 1pm at Welsh Harp , Birchen Grove
  • March 15 from 12pm to 2pm at King Edward VII Park, Wembley
  • March 22 from 1pm to 3pm at Woodcock Park, Kenton
  • March 29 from 9.30am to 11.30am at Roundwood Park

If you can't make a park session then contact the Brent Council Animal Welfare Service to book an alternative appointment by calling 020 8937 5252 or emailing ENS.SanitaryHealth@brent.gov.uk

The Mayhew Animal Home also offer microchipping outside of these sessions but there may be a charge. You can contact them by calling 020 8962 8009 or emailing awo@mayhewanimalhome.org