Wake up and smell the programme
We’re all responsible dog owners who keep our dogs under control. We care for the environment whether we’re in the town or country. We keep our dogs right away from livestock of any sort and under no circumstances would any of us allow our dog to wander about on its own accord.
We have our dog’s name clearly on her tag. I have my mobile number on it too, just as clearly. Nothing else. I want my number and Lulu’s name to be clear as possible, then whoever finds her if she gets lost in the woods at Nomansland (near St Albans) I want it to be as easy as possible for whoever she wanders up to to give her a pat on the bonce and me a call so I can go and get her (it’s happened a few times).
Some people don’t want their dog’s name on the tag, fearing a Fagan-like dog whispering thief is lurking, waiting to entice their dog away. Not funny and absolutely understandable why people do this, but dog theft is rare. Media reports of it being on the increase fail to point out that the thefts are often litters of puppies from breeders that are then sold on.
Complying with the outdated and not fit for purpose Control of Dogs Order is fine of course and we’re happy to make dog name tags for people who wish to do so. I just hope their dog doesn’t get lost as it could be that much harder for them to be reunited with it.
The 1992 Control of Dogs Order needs updating so that it acknowledges the fact that, since 2016 every dog is Microchipped with its owner’s information and every dog owner has a mobile phone.
Let’s make 2020 the year the 1992 Control of Dogs Order is updated!
Ahem, okay 2020 isn’t going as planned, we have a few other things on our plate, let’s just let this one lie for now, but let’s STOP thinking this ancient 1992 Control Order is something that – if you don’t put your name and address on your dog’s tag – will result in a police officer visiting you. It absolutely will not.
This following passage is written into the Control Order, but our dog tag flogging friends don’t tend to mention it:
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).
(okay I added the bold and upper case bit to emphasize what they DON’T tell you)
Here’s the source for you: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/901/article/5/made