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Pet Tags and the law

A pet tag is the safest way to ensure that your faithful friend is returned to you quickly.

Having an engraved pet tag will let the person who finds your dog or cat know where the owner can be contacted

A pet tag is extremely important to keep your family pet safe and secure if it runs away from home because it presents details that are engraved on the pet tag such as your name and contact number. It is just a sad and unfortunate proven fact that a large number of cats and dogs get lost each and every year and will never be returned thus to their owner simply due to the fact they do not have method of identification such as a pet tag. As family pets are unable to communicate for themselves, it is extremely crucial that you know they are adequately identified by using a pet id tag making certain that if lost, when found, they may be returned thus to their relieved owner as soon as possible.

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 necessitates that any dog in a public place should wear a collar and pet id tag with details of the owner including  name and address of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a pet tag. Your postcode is optional (but we would highly recommend that you incorporate it), and also your contact number is also optional (but highly recommended).

The Pet tag is so essential simply because your much loved family pet really should be safeguarded by a pet tag. A  pet tag is so important mainly because your much loved pet must be secured by a tag.  A pet tag can be read by the rescuer so that they can contact you right away.  The pet tag is the most well-known type of identification for dogs and cats, and with the contact information on the pet tag if the pet is lost, the person has instantaneous accessibility to the owners contact information.  The point of a pet tag is always to present information in case your baby dog or cat becomes lost and an person finds him or her.

The Control of Dogs Order 1992

Title and commencement 1.

This Order may be cited as the Control of Dogs Order 1992 and shall come into force on 1st April 1992.

Wearing of collars by dogs 2.

(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
(2) Paragraph (1) above shall not apply to—
(a) any pack of hounds,
(b) any dog while being used for sporting purposes,
(c) any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin,
(d) any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep,
(e) any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise or the police force for any area,
(f) any dog while being used in emergency rescue work, or
(g) any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Offences 3.

The owner of a dog or the person in charge of a dog who, without lawful authority or excuse, proof of which shall lie on him, causes or permits the dog to be in a highway or in a place of public resort not wearing a collar as prescribed in article 2(1) above shall be guilty of an offence against the Animal Health Act 1981.

Seizure of dogs 4.

Any dog in respect of which an offence is being committed against this Order may be seized and treated as a stray dog under section 3 of the Dogs Act 1906(1) or under section 149 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Enforcement 5.

(1) This Order shall be executed and enforced by the officers of a local authority (and not by the police force for any area).
(2) In this article “local authority” and “officer” have the same meaning as in section 149 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Revocation 6.

The Orders specified in the Schedule to this Order are hereby revoked to the extent specified in column 3 of that Schedule.