A SHEFFIELD vet is reminding dog owners of new legislation coming into force in 2016 requiring all dogs to be microchipped.
Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a £500 fine.
Veterinary surgeon Richard Patton, of Hunters Bar Veterinary Clinic, Ecclesall Road, said: “An incredible amount of taxpayers’ money – £57 million per year – is spent on caring for and rehoming stray dogs. The new ruling will hopefully cut this figure dramatically and save more than 100,000 dogs from being abandoned and left homeless.
“Microchipping is a simple and inexpensive solution that gives pet owners peace of mind.
“It allows vets to locate the owners of a stray dog.
“It’s also much easier to trace and find a stolen dog.”