According to the law dog owners who walk their dog with a harness and no identification tag could face a £5,000 fine or six-months behind bars.
The dog’s identification tag must include your postcode, but a dog owner does not have to include their phone number.
This come under The Control of Dogs Order 1992 and anyone who is found guilty in court will face under the Animal Health Act 1981 a “summary conviction by a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.”
A spokesperson for DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) told TeamDogs, “For crimes committed after 13 March 2015, level 5 has been done away with and all criminal penalties expressed as being punishable on summary conviction by a maximum fine of £5,000 or more, or expressed as being a level 5 fine, are now punishable by a fine of any amount (i.e. unlimited).
“That’s as a result of section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
“Therefore, the maximum penalty on summary conviction will be up to six months in prison. However, the fines handed out tend to be a lot lower, of course.”