A pet owner has been fined hundreds of pounds for failing to update her dog’s microchip.

Hertsmere Borough Council's Dog Warden twice found Fallon Franklin’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier on the streets – and after checking the microchip found it had the wrong details.

Mrs Franklin, from Oakmere Avenue, Potters Bar, was found guilty of failing to update the dog’s microchip with her current contact details.

Lesley Lee, Hertsmere Borough Council's Dog Warden, said: "Dog owners must accept their responsibilities or face the consequences of large fines.

“It is their duty to ensure their dogs are microchipped with up-to-date contact details, otherwise we will prosecute. We hope this prosecution will be a lesson to other dog owners who choose not to follow the law."

This is the third case brought by the council on dog owners who fail to comply with notices served under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations Act 2015.

All dogs from the age of eight weeks must be microchipped by law.

The council warned that dog owners should ensure their dogs are microchipped and the details registered are correct or could face prosecution.

Mrs Franklin was fined £293, with £608 costs and a victim surcharge of £30, totalling £931 at a hearing on Wednesday, January 29.