Recently we have been speaking to a number of breeders (not only of dogs), but we have been coming across the same problem over and over, so I just wanted to highlight to everyone some problems we have been finding.
An animal arrives in the pound - it is still registered in the breeders name - breeder gets a phone call to say come and collect the animal. The breeder bred the animal 7 years ago, they can't find the paperwork of who they sold the animal to. Animal has to wait in the hope the owner will come and get it.
An animal arrives in the pound - it is not registered on any microchip registry (i.e the microchip number doesn't exist on the registry). - Pound can try (if they have time) to track back the microchip to find out who the microchip was sold to eg a vet or an implanter, and see if the vet can find who it was then implanted in. But this is often a lost cause as it can lead back to "puppy 1" or "puppy 2" of such and such litter. So in best hope we can track it to the breeder, but most of the time the vet doesn't know who the animal is.
Both of these scenarios happen when the breeder/seller of the animal gives the yellow copy of the microchip paperwork to the new owner. (It can also happen with paperwork going missing at council or in the mail) It is the responsibility of the seller of animal to send in the yellow copy of the change of ownership form to any council office, but we have heard alot that the seller of the dog is giving the new owner the yellow copy and the pink copy to the new owner and telling them to send it into council. This is illegal and the seller can get fined for that.
Some sellers have said the reason they do it is so the new owner can get the animal desexed before paying life time registration as there is a big price difference, but the fact is that they have up to 6 months of age to pay the life time registration, and you can send the paperwork at time of sale and the new owner can get the animal desexed and just has to pay the life time registration by the time the animal is 6 months old, not immediately.
I am not sure if the above all makes sense in writing, but I just wanted everyone to be aware of the impact of the seller not sending the paperwork into the council, in a harsh way of looking at it, it puts the animals life at risk, and it can also lead to the seller receiving a fine, and more and more fines are being issued in regards to companion animals.
So please if you can talk and educate your friends and family who may breed or sell animals, please ask them to send in the yellow copy of the change of ownership to council when they sell/give away an animal.