Free microchipping for Blaby District dog owners

dog walkingLocal dog owners will have the chance to microchip their dog for free at two events hosted by Blaby District Council.

In association with the Dogs Trust, the events are taking place on Thursday November 28 at Braunstone Civic Centre and Friday November 29 at Bouskell Park in Blaby.

The purpose of the events is to promote responsible ownership through the Dogs in the Community Campaign, run by the Dogs Trust, and to provide a free microchipping service prior to the legislation change in April 2016 when it will be a requirement for all dogs to be microchipped.

Blaby District Council’s senior dog warden Michelle Ikin will also be on hand to provide guidance on responsible dog ownership.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services, said

“These two events are a must for dog owners in the district, not only can they benefit from the free microchipping service, but also speak to experts about looking after their pets in a responsible manner. The amount of stray dogs is a significant problem and I hope the campaign will work towards combating this issue.”

Around 160 strays are picked up each year by the local authority’s dog wardens and about half of these are left homeless.

Photos and descriptions of all available dogs are available at www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs

All animals are assessed, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (where possible) and a fee of £105 is charged to cover these costs.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs, email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7515.

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