Two dog owners have been fined for not keeping their dogs’ microchip details up to date.
The two were taken to court after their dogs were found as strays and taken to the kennels.
Council Animal Welfare Officers found the dogs were microchipped, but the details were incorrect.
When the owners were found they were given 28 days to update the details, but no action was taken and this week they were taken to court (24 May).
Julie Chatterway, aged 41, of Sherrington Avenue, appeared on a charge of non-compliance with a microchipping notice – failing to update details on her dog’s microchip.
She pleaded guilty by post and was fined £240, ordered to pay costs of £255.75 and a Victim Surcharge of £30.
In another case, Jennifer Wells, aged 35, of St Luke’s Road, faced the same charge.
The case was proved in her absence and she was fined £440, ordered to pay costs of £255.75 and a Victim Surcharge of £44.
A spokesperson for the Council said: “Microchipping of dogs and ensuring the owner’s details are kept up to date are essential in quickly identifying the owner of the stray dog, reuniting the, and minimising the costs to the public purse.”