Fake dog microchip websites warning

County Hall, Beverley  the headquarters of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
County Hall, Beverley  the headquarters of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Dog owners updating their pet’s microchip details online are being warned to check the website they are using is genuine.

A number of bogus websites came to the attention of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog warden team after they issued a notice to an owner informing them they were breaking the law as the details on the microchip were not up to date. The owners informed the wardens they had paid £15 to update the details via a website found online.

The information was passed to the council’s trading standards team who discovered there are a number of websites in operation claiming to update microchip details, taking a fee, and then failing to make the necessary changes.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “There are a number of bogus websites in operation so I would urge all dog owners to be vigilant and to make sure any sites they are using are approved by the Government.”

Visit www.eastriding.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped for more details.