Dog owners need to ensure their animals are microchipped from April under new laws to cut a rise in stray dogs.
The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 come into force on April 6 2016.
The microchips will be coded with owners' details, so that stray dogs which are picked up, are more likely to be reunited with their owners quickly.
Owners who do not do this could face fines of up to £500.
Dog owners should contact their local vet about microchipping.
Source: newsNK - Spring 2016
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