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Protect your pooch and microchip your pet for free
3:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
Cornwall Council’s dog welfare campaign culminates this month with a series of free dog microchipping events, held in partnership with the Dogs Trust.
The Dogs Trust is providing a team of roaming vet nurses who will microchip dogs free of charge in preparation for a change in law for 2016 when it will be compulsory for all dog owners in England to have their dog microchipped.
The events will be held at:
The recreation field at Hayle - TR27 4ED; 29 August 9.30am - 12.30pm
Redruth Community Centre, Strawberry Lane, Redruth TR14 1HH; 29 August 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Berryfields Community Centre, Bodmin - PL31 2EV; 30 August 9.30am - 12.30pm
Kinsmans Community Centre, Bodmin - PL31 1PQ; 30 August 1.30pm - 4.30pm
The free microchipping events are the latest part in the Council’s campaign to raise awareness of dog welfare issues. Earlier this year, children aged 4 to 11 from schools in Cornwall made a film called Another Fine Mess in which they explain, as only children can, their experiences and what they think about those who let their dog foul and not clean up after it.
The film has had over 1,000 hits on You Tube and has been shown by the Council's Dog Wardens at schools throughout Cornwall to raise awareness of the issue with children and, through them, their parents. A short clip from the film was also shown in cinemas across Cornwall during May and June 2013 with a potential audience of 45,000 - 50,000.
Local authorities, the police and vets will all have scanners so that any dog that is found straying or reported for dangerous behaviour can then be traced back to the owner. If the authorities come across a dog after 2016 that does not have a microchip, the owner will be required to have it chipped urgently or face a fine.
Lee Paris from the Dogs Trust says: “Dogs Trust is delighted to be working with Cornwall Council on a microchipping campaign and is urging dog owners to take advantage of the offer. The issue of stray dogs continues to be a problem across the country and in many cases dogs can be easily reunited with their owners if they were microchipped.
"While at Dogs Trust we never put a healthy dog to sleep, our rehoming centres are very stretched so we constantly need to reach out to dog owners to help them get their dogs microchipped and neutered to help prevent the scores of stray and unwanted dogs we take in every year. In order to try and reduce any problems and any preventable separations Dogs Trust stresses the importance of also keeping the microchipping details up to date.”
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